Assessing Object-Oriented Application Framework Maturity - A Replicated Case Study

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Author(s): Michael Mattsson, Jan Bosch
Title: Assessing Object-Oriented Application Framework Maturity - A Replicated Case Study
Series: Research Report
Year: 1999
Issue: 6
ISSN: 1103-1581
Organization: Blekinge Institute of Technology
Department: Department of Software Engineering and Computer Science (Institutionen för programvaruteknik och datavetenskap)
Dept. of Software Engineering and Computer Science S-372 25 Ronneby
+46 455 780 00
http://www.bth.se/eng/ipd/
Authors e-mail: {Michael.Mattsson | Jan.Bosch}@ipd.hk-r.se
Language: English
Abstract: Object-oriented application frameworks present one of the most successful approaches to developing reusable assets in industry, but developing frameworks is both difficult and expensive. Framework generally evolve to maturity through a number of iterations due to the incorporation of new requirements and better domain understanding. Since changes to frameworks have a large impact due to the effects on the applications build based on the asset, it is important to assess the maturity of a framework. Bansiya [3, 4] presents an approach to assessing framework maturity based on a set of design metrics and formulates four statements. In this paper, we present the results of a replicated case study of the framework maturity assessment approach. Our study subject consists of four successive versions of a proprietary black-box application framework. Our findings partly support the statements formulated in the original study, but differ in some places. The differences are discussed and explanations and argumentation provided.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Object-oriented frameworks, framework maturity, software reuse
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-00138
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