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A Flexible Approach to Web Component Packaging

Suleman, Hussein and Siyabonga Mhlongo (2006) A Flexible Approach to Web Component Packaging. In Proceedings SAICSIT 2006, Somerset West.

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Abstract

Web-based applications are rapidly making the transition to service oriented architectures, but this breaking up of single monolithic applications into multiple cooperating components creates complexity and management problems for system designers. This paper discusses a solution to one of the emerging complexity-related problems: how to package and distribute applications based on Web components for rapid and flexible deployment. To this end, a packaging framework was designed and reference implementations of package building and package installation tools were developed. The usability of such tools was then tested by a sample of users in the context of online information management systems, because of the availability of Web components and the inherent network-aware nature of such systems. The results are promising and demonstrate that the approach taken is reasonable and understandable and that such supporting technology for systems based on Web components is likely to positively impact the growth of advanced Web applications. In addition, the process of developing a proof-of-concept packaging system and the feedback from users has provided a useful set of requirements and guidelines for building such systems in future.

EPrint Type:Conference Paper
Subjects:D Software: D.2 SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
H Information Systems: H.1 MODELS AND PRINCIPLES
ID Code:326
Deposited By:Suleman, Hussein
Deposited On:07 November 2006