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Component-Based Product Line Development. The KobrA Approach

: Atkinson, C.; Bayer, J.; Muthig, D.

Donohoe, P.:
Software Product Lines. Experience and Research Directions. Proceedings of the First Software Product Lines Conference SPLC1
Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000 (Kluwer international series in engineering and computer science)
ISBN: 0-7923-7940-3
pp.289-309 : Ill., Lit.
Software Product Lines Conference (SPLC) <1, 2000, Denver>
Conference Paper
Fraunhofer IESE ()
product lines; component; component based software engineering; framework

The product line and component-based approaches to software engineering both hold the potential to significantly increase the level of reuse in industrial software development and maintenance. They also have complementary strengths, since they address the problem of reuse at opposite ends of the granularity spectrum - product line development essentially supports "reuse in the large" while component based development supports "reuse in the small". This paper describes a method, KobrA, which cleanly integrates the two paradigms into a systematic, unified approach to software development and maintenance. Key synergies resulting from this integration include support for the rapid and flexible instantiation of system variants, and the provision of methodological support for component-based framework development.