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Author Bass, Len ♦ Bachmann, Felix
Source ACM Digital Library
Content type Text
Publisher Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
File Format PDF
Language English
Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Strategic reuse ♦ Requirement analysis ♦ Software architecture ♦ Variability ♦ Variation points ♦ Product lines
Abstract This paper presents experience with explicitly managing variability within a software architecture. Software architects normally plan for change and put mechanisms in the architecture to support those changes. Understanding the situations where change has been planned for and recording the options possible within particular situations is usually not done explicitly. This becomes important if the architecture is used for many product versions over a long period or in a product line context where the architecture is used to build a variety of different products. That is, it is important to explicitly represent variation and indicate within the architecture locations for which change has been allowed.We will describe how the management of variations in an architecture can be made more explicit and how the use of variation points connected to the choices a customer has when ordering a product can help to navigate to the appropriate places in the architecture.
Description Affiliation: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa (Bass, Len) || Carnegie Bosch Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa (Bachmann, Felix)
Age Range 18 to 22 years ♦ above 22 year
Educational Use Research
Education Level UG and PG
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1979-04-01
Publisher Place New York
Journal ACM SIGSOFT Software Engineering Notes (SOEN)
Volume Number 26
Issue Number 3
Page Count 7
Starting Page 126
Ending Page 132

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