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Evaluating Software Reuse Alternatives: A Model and Its Application to an Industrial Case Study
September 2004 (vol. 30 no. 9)
pp. 601-612
Amir Tomer, IEEE
Stephen R. Schach, IEEE Computer Society
We propose a model that enables software developers to systematically evaluate and compare all possible alternative reuse scenarios. The model supports the clear identification of the basic operations involved and associates a cost component with each basic operation in a focused and precise way. The model is a practical tool that assists developers to weigh and evaluate different reuse scenarios, based on accumulated organizational data, and then to decide which option to select in a given situation. The model is currently being used at six different companies for cost-benefit analysis of alternative reuse scenarios; we give a case study that illustrates how it has been used in practice.

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Index Terms:
Reuse models, cost estimation, maintenance management, software libraries, process metrics, process measurement, planning.
Amir Tomer, Leah Goldin, Tsvi Kuflik, Esther Kimchi, Stephen R. Schach, "Evaluating Software Reuse Alternatives: A Model and Its Application to an Industrial Case Study," IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, vol. 30, no. 9, pp. 601-612, Sept. 2004, doi:10.1109/TSE.2004.50
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