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Best Practices for Artifact Versioning in Service-Oriented Systems

  • Abstract

    This report describes some of the challenges of software versioning in an SOA environment and provides guidance on how to meet these challenges by following industry guidelines and recommended practices. Managing change in software systems becomes more difficult as the software increases in size, complexity, and dependencies. Part of this task is software versioning, in which version identifiers are assigned to software artifacts for the purpose of managing their evolution. However, software versioning is not a self-contained task. Versioning decisions affect a wide range of processes that fall under the broad heading of change management. With the advent of service-oriented architecture (SOA) as a software-development paradigm, software versioning has become even more en¬twined with the software life cycle, mainly due to the highly distributed nature, multiproduct outcome, and multilayer implementation of service-oriented systems. The report describes typical items that a versioning policy for a service-oriented system should contain, including which artifacts to version, how to apply version control, and the impact of versioning on each phase of the life cycle within an SOA infrastructure.

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SEI

Novakouski, Marc; Lewis, Grace; Anderson, William; & Davenport, Jeff. Best Practices for Artifact Versioning in Service-Oriented Systems (CMU/SEI-2011-TN-009). Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=9839

IEEE

Novakouski. Marc, Lewis. Grace, Anderson. William, and Davenport. Jeff, "Best Practices for Artifact Versioning in Service-Oriented Systems," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2011-TN-009, 2012. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=9839

APA

Novakouski, Marc., Lewis, Grace., Anderson, William., & Davenport, Jeff. (2012). Best Practices for Artifact Versioning in Service-Oriented Systems (CMU/SEI-2011-TN-009). Retrieved December 29, 2014, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=9839

CHI

Marc Novakouski, Grace Lewis, William Anderson, & Jeff Davenport. Best Practices for Artifact Versioning in Service-Oriented Systems (CMU/SEI-2011-TN-009). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2012. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=9839

MLA

Novakouski, Marc., Lewis, Grace., Anderson, William., & Davenport, Jeff. 2012. Best Practices for Artifact Versioning in Service-Oriented Systems (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2011-TN-009). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=9839