A behavior-based framework for assessing product line-ability

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Systems are typically not developed from scratch, so different kinds of similarities between them exist, challenging their maintenance and future development. Software Product Line Engineering (SPLE) proposes methods and techniques for developing reusable artifacts that can be systematically reused in similar systems. Despite the potential benefits of SPLE to decrease time-to-market and increase product quality, it requires a high up-front investment and hence SPLE techniques are commonly adopted in a bottom-up approach, after individual systems have already been developed. Deciding whether to turn existing systems into a product line – referred to as product line-ability – involves many aspects and requires some tooling for analyzing similarities and differences among systems. In this paper we propose a framework for the identification of “similarly behaving” artifacts and analyzing their potential reuse in the context of product lines. This framework provides metrics for calculating behavior similarity and a method for analyzing the product line-ability of a set of products. The framework has been integrated into a tool named VarMeR – Variability Mechanisms Recommender, whose aim is to systematically guide reuse.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvanced Information Systems Engineering - 30th International Conference, CAiSE 2018, Proceedings
EditorsJohn Krogstie, Hajo A. Reijers
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783319915623
StatePublished - 2018
Event30th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2018 - Tallinn, Estonia
Duration: 11 Jun 201815 Jun 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10816 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference30th International Conference on Advanced Information Systems Engineering, CAiSE 2018

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018.


  • Reuse
  • Software product line engineering
  • Variability analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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