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Issue No. 03 - May/June (2008 vol. 25)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 84-90
Edward Curry , National University of Ireland, Galway
Paul Grace , Lancaster University
Future self-management software systems will need to operate in diverse environments with changing requirements. This necessitates flexible system implementations, easily customizable to target domains and associated requirements. An important part of a self-management infrastructure is the self-representation, which models system functionality concerns, allowing their inspection and adaptation. As the range of self-management capabilities expands, the task of creating appropriate self-representations becomes ever more complex. Future self-representations will need to track greater amounts of system information than ever before, and in a way that's flexible, customizable, and portable between system implementations. Meeting these requirements will require a maturing in the design and construction practices for self-representations. The Model-View-Controller design pattern can improve concern separation in a self-representation. This pattern helps encapsulate state, analysis, and realization operations, improving a self-representation's flexibility, customization, and portability.
self-management system, Model-View-Controller, software engineering, design concepts, software architectures, data abstraction, design pattern

P. Grace and E. Curry, "Flexible Self-Management Using the Model-View-Controller Pattern," in IEEE Software, vol. 25, no. , pp. 84-90, 2008.
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