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Authors: Markus Raab 1 and Gergö Barany 2

Affiliations: 1 Vienna University of Technology, Austria ; 2 Inria, France

ISBN: 978-989-758-250-9

Keyword(s): Context-aware Software Engineering, Configuration Specification.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Application Integration Technologies ; Applications ; Software Engineering

Abstract: Software tends to be highly configurable, but most applications are hardly context aware. For example, a web browser provides many settings to configure printers and proxies, but nevertheless it is unable to dynamically adapt to a new workplace. In this paper we aim to empirically demonstrate that by dynamic and automatic reconfiguration of unmodified software we can systematically introduce context awareness. In 16 real-world applications comprising 50 million lines of code we empirically investigate which of the 2,683 run-time configuration accesses (1) already take context into account, or (2) can be manipulated at run-time to do so. The results show that context awareness can be exploited far beyond the developers’ initial intentions. Our tool Elektra dynamically intercepts the run-time configuration accesses and replaces them with a context aware implementation. Users only need to specify contexts and add context sensors to make use of this potential.

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Paper citation in several formats:
Raab, M. and Barany, G. (2017). Introducing Context Awareness in Unmodified, Context-unaware Software.In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE, ISBN 978-989-758-250-9, pages 218-225. DOI: 10.5220/0006326602180225

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author={Markus Raab. and Gergö Barany.},
title={Introducing Context Awareness in Unmodified, Context-unaware Software},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE,},
year={2017},
pages={218-225},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006326602180225},
isbn={978-989-758-250-9},
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JO - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE,
TI - Introducing Context Awareness in Unmodified, Context-unaware Software
SN - 978-989-758-250-9
AU - Raab, M.
AU - Barany, G.
PY - 2017
SP - 218
EP - 225
DO - 10.5220/0006326602180225

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