COMPONENT-BASED WEB ENGINEERING USING SHARED COMPONENTS AND CONNECTORS

  • STEFANIA LEONE Semantic Information Research Laboratory, University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA, 90089-0781, USA
  • ALEXANDRE DE SPINDLER Center for Information Systems, Zurich University of Applied Sciences 8400 Winterthur, Switzerland
  • MOIRA C. NORRIE Institute for Information Systems, ETH Zurich 8092 Zurich, Switzerland
  • DENNIS MCLEOD Semantic Information Research Laboratory, University of Southern California Los Angeles, CA, 90089-0781, USA
Keywords: Component-basedWeb Engineering, Web Development Frameworks, Content Management System, WordPress, Symfony

Abstract

Today, web development platforms often follow a modular architecture that enables platform extension. Popular web development frameworks such as Ruby on Rails and Symfony, as well as content management systems (CMS) such as WordPress and Drupal oer extension mechanisms that allow the platform core to be extended with additional functionality. However, such extensions are typically isolated units dening their own data structures, application logic and user interfaces, and are dicult to combine. We address the fact that applications need to be congured more freely through the com- position of such extensions. We present an approach and model for component-based web engineering based on the concept of components and connectors between them, supporting composition at the level of the schema and data, the application logic and the user interface. We have realised our approach in two popular web development set- tings. First, we demonstrate how our approach can be integrated into web development frameworks, thus bringing component-based web engineering to the developer. Second, we present, based on the example of WordPress, how advanced end-users can be sup- ported in component-based web engineering by integrating our approach into CMS. The applicability of our approach in both settings demonstrates its generality.

 

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Published
2014-03-29
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