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Requirements reflection: Requirements as runtime entities

Bencomo, N; Whittle, J; Sawyer, P; Finkelstein, A; Letier, E; (2010) Requirements reflection: Requirements as runtime entities. In: Proceedings - International Conference on Software Engineering. (pp. 199 - 202).

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Abstract

Computational reflection is a well-established technique that gives a program the ability to dynamically observe and possibly modify its behaviour. To date, however, reflection is mainly applied either to the software architecture or its implementation. We know of no approach that fully supports requirements reflection- that is, making requirements available as runtime objects. Although there is a body of literature on requirements monitoring, such work typically generates runtime artefacts from requirements and so the requirements themselves are not directly accessible at runtime. In this paper, we define requirements reflection and a set of research challenges. Requirements reflection is important because software systems of the future will be self-managing and will need to adapt continuously to changing environmental conditions. We argue requirements reflection can support such self-adaptive systems by making requirements first-class runtime entities, thus endowing software systems with the ability to reason about, understand, explain and modify requirements at runtime. © 2010 ACM.

Type:Proceedings paper
Title:Requirements reflection: Requirements as runtime entities
DOI:10.1145/1810295.1810329
UCL classification:UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Computer Science
UCL > School of BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Engineering Science Faculty Office

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