Issue No. 05 - Sept.-Oct. (2008 vol. 25)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MS.2008.110
Oliver Hummel , Perot Systems Germany
Werner Janjic , University of Mannheim
Colin Atkinson , University of Mannheim
Accelerating the software development process by assembling new applications from existing software assets has been a goal of the IT industry for many years. However, most of today's systematic software reuse uses heavyweight approaches such as product-line engineering. Now, with the explosion in open source software repositories and the advent of a new generation of powerful software search engines, this is set to change. Code Conjurer is an Eclipse plug-in that extracts interface and test information from a developer's coding activities and uses this information to issue test-driven searches to a code-search engine. It presents components matching the developer's needs as reuse recommendations without disturbing the development work. Automated dependency resolution then allows selected components to be woven into the current project with minimal manual effort.
software reuse, open source software, component-based development, software search engines, test-driven search, reuse recommendation, Eclipse plug-in
W. Janjic, O. Hummel and C. Atkinson, "Code Conjurer: Pulling Reusable Software out of Thin Air," in IEEE Software, vol. 25, no. , pp. 45-52, 2008.