An enhanced role model for alleviating the role-binding anomaly

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Roles and role models have received much attention as useful concepts for developing highly reusable and dynamically evolvable systems. Role models belong to the category of collaboration-based development techniques. but most of the existing approaches to role models do not explicitly incorporate the core principle of collaboration-based developments as an essential property of their primary design goals. Consequently, the existing approaches still suffer from a problematic phenomenon that the structural and behavioral constraints defined in a role system can be violated during the role-binding stage. We call such a problematic phenomenon the role-binding anomaly. In order to alleviate the role-binding anomaly, we propose an enhanced role model, in which all role instances and core objects can exist by themselves, namely., they can be developed, executed, and tested independently. Roles and core classes can be bound to each other at the instance level. In addition, the role system describes and encapsulates the behavior for dynamic reconfigurations among role instances. The enhanced role model is designed so as to be meaningful with respect to software engineering principles, rather than dynamic evolution. It also facilitates role model implementation using general programming languages (i.e. not supporting dynamic specialization) such as Java. To illustrate how the proposed role model makes such benefits, we develop a set of Java classes necessary for implementing the enhanced role model in the form of a Java package role, and present a simplified automatic teller machine system as an example application. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Ltd.
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SOFTWARE-PRACTICE EXPERIENCE, v.32, no.14, pp.1317 - 1344

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