Storing and retrieving software components: a refinement based system

Rym Mili, Ali Mili, Roland T. Mittermeir

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Software libraries are repositories which contain software components; as such, they represent a precious resource for the software engineer. As software libraries grow in size, it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain adequate precision and recall with informal retrieval algorithms. In this paper, we discuss the design and implementation of a storage and retrieval structure for software components that is based on formal specifications and on the refinement ordering between specifications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)445-460
Number of pages16
JournalIEEE Transactions on Software Engineering
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software


  • Formal specifications
  • Refinement ordering
  • Software components storage and retrieval
  • Software libraries
  • Software reuse


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