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Proceedings Fifth IEEE International Symposium on Requirements Engineering (2001)
Toronto, Canada
Aug. 27, 2001 to Aug. 31, 2001
ISBN: 0-7695-1125-2
pp: 0166
Stan Jarzabek , National University of Singapore
Hongyu Zhang , National University of Singapore
ABSTRACT
Abstract: A domain model describes common and variant requirements for a system family. UML notations sued in requirements analysis and software modeling can be extended with "variation points" to cater for variant requirements. However, UML models for a large single systems are already complicated enough. With variants-UML domain models soon become too complicated to be useful. The main reasons are the explosion of possible variant combinations, complex dependencies among variants and inability to trace variants from a domain model down to the requirements for a specific system, member of a family. We believe that the above mentioned problems cannot be solved at the domain model description level alone. In the paper, we proposed a novel solution based on a tool that interprets and manipulates domain models to provide analysts with customized, simple domain views. We describe a variant configuration language that allows us to instrument domain models with variation points and record variant dependencies. An interpreter of this language produces customized views of a domain model, helping analysts understand and reuse software models. We describe the concept of our approach and its simple implementation based on XML and XMI technologies.
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S. Jarzabek and H. Zhang, "XML-Based Method and Tool for Handling Variant Requirements in Domain Models," Proceedings Fifth IEEE International Symposium on Requirements Engineering(RE), Toronto, Canada, 2001, pp. 0166.
doi:10.1109/ISRE.2001.948556
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