Enhancing Software Maintainability by Unifying and Integrating Standards

Enhancing Software Maintainability by Unifying and Integrating Standards

William C. Chu (Tunghai University, Taiwan), Chih-Hung Chang (Feng Chia University, Taiwan), Chih-Wei Lu (Feng Chia University, Taiwan), Yeh-Ching Chung (Feng Chia University, Taiwan), Hongji Yang (De Montfort University, England), Bing Qiao (De Montfort University, England) and Hewijin Christine Jiau (National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-047-9.ch005
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Software standards are highly recommended because they promise faster and more efficient ways for software development with proven techniques and standard notations. Designers who adopt standards like UML and design patterns to construct models and designs in the processes of development suffer from a lack of communication and integration of various models and designs. Also, the problem of implicit inconsistency caused by making changes to components of the models and designs will significantly increase the cost and error for the process of maintenance. In this chapter, an XML-based unified model is proposed to help to solve the problems and to improve both software development and maintenance through unification and integration.

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