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Supporting Search for Reusable Software Objects
June 1996 (vol. 22 no. 6)
pp. 407-423

Abstract—Prior research has shown that achieving high levels of software reuse in the presence of repository and object-based computer-aided software engineering (CASE) development methods presents interesting human, managerial and technical challenges. This article presents research that seeks to enhanced software development performance through reuse. We propose automated support for developers who search large repositories for the appropriate reusable software objects. We characterize search for repository objects in terms of a multistage model involving screening, identification, and the subsequent choice between new object construction or reusable object implementation. We propose automated support tools, including ORCA, a software Object Reuse Classification Analyzer, and AMHYRST, an Automated HYpertext-based Reuse Search Tool, that are based on this model. ORCA utilizes a faceted classification approach that can be implemented using hypertext. We also describe an aspect of AMHYRST's architecture which can automatically create hypertext networks that represent and link objects in terms of a number of distinguishing features. We illustrate our approach with an example drawn from a real world object repository.

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Index Terms:
Classification, CASE, computer-aided software engineering, development environments, hypertext, object repositories, object search, repository evaluation, reuse, software development.
Citation:
Tomás Isakowitz, Robert J. Kauffman, "Supporting Search for Reusable Software Objects," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 22, no. 6, pp. 407-423, June 1996, doi:10.1109/32.508314
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