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Understanding service-oriented software

Gold, N.E.; Knight, C.; Mohan, A.; Munro, M.

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N.E. Gold

C. Knight

A. Mohan

M. Munro


Service-oriented software is being hailed as the next revolutionary approach to software development. Service orientation allows organizations to rapidly and dynamically form new software applications to meet changing business needs, thus alleviating the software evolution problems that occur with traditional applications. The largest of these problems is the need to understand existing software before changing it. This article looks ahead toward the automated construction of service-oriented software, discussing software understanding in the context of service orientation and identifying potential new problems. The authors conclude that, while service orientation certainly helps solve some aspects of the evolution problem, software comprehension takes a new and potentially more challenging role.


Gold, N., Knight, C., Mohan, A., & Munro, M. (2004). Understanding service-oriented software. IEEE Software, 21(2), 71-77.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2004-02
Deposit Date Oct 8, 2008
Publicly Available Date Oct 8, 2008
Journal IEEE Software
Print ISSN 0740-7459
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 2
Pages 71-77
Keywords Distributed/Internet-based software engineering tools and techniques, Evolving Internet applications, Maintainability, Restructuring, Reverse engineering, Reengineering.
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