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Visual tool support for configuring and understanding software product lines

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dc.contributor.author Botterweck, Goetz
dc.contributor.author Thiel, Steffen
dc.contributor.author Nestor, Daren
dc.contributor.author Abid, Saad bin
dc.contributor.author Cawley, Ciarán
dc.date.accessioned 2011-07-21T10:36:18Z
dc.date.available 2011-07-21T10:36:18Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/1154
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Software product lines of industrial size can easily incorporate thousands of variation points. This scale of variability can become extremely complex to manage resulting in a product development process that bears significant costs. One technique that can be applied beneficially in this context is visualisation. Visualisation is widely used in software engineering and has proven useful to amplify human cognition in data intensive applications. Adopting this technique in software product line engineering can help stakeholders in supporting essential work tasks and in enhancing their understanding of large and complex product lines. This paper introduces a meta-model and accompanied research tool that employs visualisation techniques to support fundamental product line development tasks. The meta-model specifies major entities such as decisions, features, and components and relationships among them. We discuss which tasks can be supported based on the meta-model and show examples of how these tasks can be further enhanced by utilising interactive visualisation techniques implemented in our tool. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher IEEE Computer Society en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries 12th International Software Product Line Conference 2008;pp. 77-86
dc.rights ©2008 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. However, permission to reprint/republish this material for advertising or promotional purposes or for creating new collective works for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or to reuse any copyrighted component of this work in other works must be obtained from the IEEE. en_US
dc.subject visual tool support en_US
dc.subject software product lines en_US
dc.title Visual tool support for configuring and understanding software product lines en_US
dc.type Conference item en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.restriction none en
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI
dc.relation.projectid 03/CE2/I303-1
dc.internal.authorcontactother goetz.botterweck@lero.ie


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