Defining the Fluid framework

Anthony Jones*, Dan Cornford

*Corresponding author for this work

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In this position paper we present the developing Fluid framework, which we believe offers considerable advantages in maintaining software stability in dynamic or evolving application settings. The Fluid framework facilitates the development of component software via the selection, composition and configuration of components. Fluid's composition language incorporates a high-level type system supporting object-oriented principles such as type description, type inheritance, and type instantiation. Object-oriented relationships are represented via the dynamic composition of component instances. This representation allows the software structure, as specified by type and instance descriptions, to change dynamically at runtime as existing types are modified and new types and instances are introduced. We therefore move from static software structure descriptions to more dynamic representations, while maintaining the expressiveness of object-oriented semantics. We show how the Fluid framework relates to existing, largely component based, software frameworks and conclude with suggestions for future enhancements. © 2007 IEEE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, 2007. IRI 2007
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Event2007 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, IEEE IRI-2007 - Las Vegas, NV, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Aug 200715 Aug 2007


Conference2007 IEEE International Conference on Information Reuse and Integration, IEEE IRI-2007
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
CityLas Vegas, NV

Bibliographical note

The Second IEEE International Workshop Towards Stable and Adaptable Software Architectures, 13-15 August 2007, Las Vegas (US). © 2007 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.


  • object-oriented languages
  • object-oriented programming
  • fluid framework
  • component software
  • object-oriented principle
  • software dynamic representation
  • software stability
  • static software structure description


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