Software Component Engineering

Software Component Engineering is an advanced course on Software Engineering offered within the context of our Computer Science Degree Program. It focuses on software development as arrangements of configurable software components. In order to define a systematic approach to support component-based software development, a variety of software engineering concepts, methodologies, techniques, and tools are explored during the course. Depending on the audience, more emphasis can be given either on software component construction or on tool development.

Requisites

The formal requisite for this course is Data Structures. However, students are supposed to be skilled Object-Oriented Designers and Programmers.

Program (72 hours)

Topic Notes Hours
1 - On Software Components PDF 4
2 - Software Component Engineering PDF 10
3 - Development Tools HTML 8
4 - Case studies 24
5 - Experiments 24
6 - Discussion 2

Evaluation

Students will have their skills to engineer software components evaluated through a seminar and a practical work. The seminar consists in a case study about an specific software component development strategy, and the practical work consists in designing and implementing a small component-based system utilizing the software engineering techniques discussed during the course. Students that eventually fail the ordinary evaluation will be allowed a written exam.

Literature

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