Leaving Variability Management to the End User; A Comparison Between Different Tailoring Approaches

Document type: Researchreports
Full text:
Author(s): Jeanette Eriksson, Olle Lindeberg, Yvonne Dittrich
Title: Leaving Variability Management to the End User; A Comparison Between Different Tailoring Approaches
Series: Research Report
Year: 2003
Issue: 10
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 38 50 00
http://www.bth.se/eng/ipd/
Authors e-mail: jeanette.eriksson@bth.se, olle.lindeberg@bth.se, yvonne.dittrich@bth.se
Language: English
Abstract: To enable software to fulfill user requirements over time and meet changes in, for example, business environments, software variability is needed. One way to achieve variability is through tailoring. However, some kind of variability management is needed in order to take advantage of variability. With a tailorable system we mean a system that is designable when it is in use. This means that some design decisions are postponed until the system is up and running. It is the end-user who will adjust the program to fit altered requirements through, for example, run-time configuration. In other words, tailoring requires that the variability management of the system is left to the end user. In this article we present three different examples of tailoring and in the form of a comparison between the three approaches we identify and discuss some issues which must be considered when variability management is left to the end user.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Vaiability Management, tailoring, end-user
URN: urn:nbn:se:bth-00216
Edit