# Modelling Components

Kent, Stuart, Howse, John, Lauder, Anthony (1998) Modelling Components. In: Proceedings: International Workshop on Large-Scale Software Composition at DEXA98. . IEEE Press (KAR id:21624)

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This paper makes two contributions. (1) it argues that precise visual modelling techniques are important for modelling large-scale software components, as they facilitate the core activities of component-based software development (CBSD): building, finding, adapting and assembling components. The paper argues for a carefully selected set of techniques based on UML, to provide accessible yet precise component models. (2) it proposes a high level reference model for CBSD to tease out exactly what is meant by the terms component', component adaptation' and `component assembly'. The paper illustrates this reference model by giving examples of components, and the transformations that can be applied to them, using precise visual models.