VCU: The Three Dimensions of Reuse

Abstract : Reuse, enabled by modularity and interfaces, is one of the most important concepts in software engineering. This is evidenced by an increasingly large number of reusable artifacts, ranging from small units such as classes to larger, more sophisticated units such as components, services, frameworks, software product lines, and concerns. This paper presents evidence that a canonical set of reuse interfaces has emerged over time: the variation, customization, and usage interfaces (VCU). A reusable artifact that provides all three interfaces reaches the highest potential of reuse, as it explicitly exposes how the artifact can be manipulated during the reuse process along these three dimensions. We demonstrate the wide applicability of the VCU interfaces along two axes: across abstraction layers of a system specification and across existing reuse techniques. The former is shown with the help of a comprehensive case study including reusable requirements, software, and hardware models for the authorization domain. The latter is shown with a discussion on how the VCU interfaces relate to existing reuse techniques.
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Jörg Kienzle, Gunter Mussbacher, Omar Alam, Matthias Schöttle, Nicolas Belloir, et al.. VCU: The Three Dimensions of Reuse. 15th International Conference on Software Reuse (ICSR-15), May 2016, Limassol, Cyprus. ⟨hal-01287720⟩

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