A Case Study on Product Line Architecture Evolution

Document type: Conference Papers
Peer reviewed: Yes
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Author(s): Mikael Svahnberg, Jan Bosch
Title: A Case Study on Product Line Architecture Evolution
Conference name: Second Nordic Workshop on Software Architecture (NOSA'99)
Year: 1999
Publisher: University of Karlskrona/Ronneby
City: Ronneby
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
Authors e-mail: msv@ipd.hk-r.se
Language: English
Abstract: Product-line architectures present an important approach to increasing software reuse and reducing development cost by sharing an architecture and set of reusable components among a family of products. However, evolution in product-line architectures is more complex than in traditional software development since new, possibly conflicting, requirements originate from the existing products in the product-line and new products that are to be incorporated. In this paper, we present a case study of product-line architecture evolution. Based on the case study, we develop categorizations for the evolution of requirements, the product-line architecture and product-line architecture components. Subsequently, we analyze and present the relations between these categorizations.
Subject: Software Engineering\General
Keywords: Product Line Architectures, Software Evolution