Mismatch patterns and adaptation aspects: A foundation for rapid development of web service adapters

Woralak Kongdenfha, Hamid Reza Motahari-Nezhad, Boualem Benatallah, Fabio Casati, Regis Saint-Paul

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Standardization in Web services simplifies integration. However, it does not remove the need for adapters due to possible heterogeneity among service interfaces and protocols. In this paper, we characterize the problem of Web services adaptation focusing on business interfaces and protocols adapters. Our study shows that many of the differences between business interfaces and protocols are recurring. We introduce mismatch patterns to capture these recurring differences and to provide solutions to resolve them. We leverage mismatch patterns for service adaptation with two approaches: by developing stand-alone adapters and via service modification. We then dig into the notion of adaptation aspects that, following aspect-oriented programming paradigm and service modification approach, allow for rapid development of adapters. We present a study showing that it is a preferable approach in many cases. The proposed approach is implemented in a proof-of-concept prototype tool, and evaluated using both qualitative and quantitative methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-107
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Transactions on Services Computing
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Aspect-oriented programming
  • Business protocols
  • Mismatch patterns
  • Web services adaptation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management

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