Issue No. 10 - October (1997 vol. 30)
<p>Is there a way to develop software that is of higher quality and yet takes less time and effort to produce? Many software developers believe there is, through reusing high-quality, tested software already developed. Unfortunately, software reuse has proven difficult to achieve. Organizations attempting to implement a software reuse program face both technical and nontechnical problems. </p> <p>What do software developers have to do to successfully implement reuse? In 1995, George Mason University undertook a study to investigate the relationships between software reuse investment and capability, productivity, and quality, as well as many of the theories proposed by the literature. The study found that a product-line and software architecture approach are higher predictors of decreased effort and increased quality than software reuse alone. On the other hand, it found no relationship between software reuse capability and the library approach. </p>
D. C. Rine, "Supporting Reuse with Object Technology," in Computer, vol. 30, no. , pp. 43-45, 1997.