Tool integration: experiences and directions

Bob Gautier*, Chris Loftus, Edel Sherratt, Lynda Thomas

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As more software support tools become available, the construction of support environments by integration of existing tools becomes more desirable. The European project 'Broadband Object-Oriented Service Technology' investigated the adaptation and integration of existing software tools to support telecommunications service creation. The investigation covered different approaches to adapting and integrating existing tools to form a service creation environment. The earliest environment encapsulated a wide range of these tools within an environment called EAST, supplied by the Societe Francaise de Genie Logiciel. While EAST provided a number of benefits, the users of the environment expressed a desire for small special-purpose toolkits which were created by the tool-to-tool integration of specific tools. These toolkits were used on their own, and were also encapsulated within EAST. With the advent of Tcl, a language which facilitates tool programmability, it became possible to create programmable 'capsules', and these were used for later encapsulations within EAST. Tcl also made it possible to create more flexible toolkits by direct tool-to-tool integration. Experiences with all these different approaches are presented here, and future directions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICSE '95
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 17th international conference on Software engineering
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-89791-708-7
Publication statusPublished - 23 Apr 1995
EventProceedings of the 1995 IEEE 17th International Conference on Software Engineering - Seattle, WA, USA
Duration: 24 Apr 199528 Apr 1995

Publication series

NameProceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering
ISSN (Print)0270-5257


ConferenceProceedings of the 1995 IEEE 17th International Conference on Software Engineering
CitySeattle, WA, USA
Period24 Apr 199528 Apr 1995


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