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Supporting multiple configuration sources using abstraction

Milan Nosáľ
  • Department of Computers and Informatics, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, Technical University of Košice, Letná 9, 042 00, Košice, Slovakia
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Published Online: 2012-11-04 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13537-012-0015-7

Abstract

Software engineers have long recognized the need to shift focus from developing systems to developing system families. One way to develop software family is to develop configurable systems. A configuration (initial settings of a program), written in application-specific language, can be expressed using many different formats, such as XML, YAML, attribute-oriented programming, etc., each one having pros and cons. Often the target group of users is too wide to meet their expectations by using only one format. This paper analyzes options that system providers have in supporting multiple configuration languages or sources. An enhanced abstraction tool is chosen as the best solution, and its architecture is briefly presented. The main contribution to the tool’s design is advocation of the declarative representation of mapping of input languages to output format.

Keywords: configuration; multiple sources; configuration language; declarative approach to language mapping

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Published Online: 2012-11-04

Published in Print: 2012-10-01


Citation Information: Open Computer Science, Volume 2, Issue 3, Pages 283–299, ISSN (Online) 2299-1093, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13537-012-0015-7.

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