Specification and utilization of core assets: Feature-oriented vs. UML-based methods

Iris Reinhartz-Berger, Arava Tsoury

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Core assets are reusable artifacts built to be used in different software products in the same family. As such, core assets need to capture both commonality that exists and variability that is allowed in the product family (line). These assets are later utilized for guiding the creation of particular valid products in the family. Feature-oriented and UML-based methods have been proposed for modeling core assets. In this work, we suggest a framework for analyzing and evaluating core assets modeling methods. We use this framework for comparing two specific methods: feature-oriented CBFM and UML-based ADOM. We found similar performance in modifying core assets in the two methods and some interesting differences in core assets utilization.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Conceptual Modeling
Subtitle of host publicationRecent Developments and New Directions - ER 2011 Workshops FP-UML, MoRE-BI, Onto-CoM, SeCoGIS, Variability@ER, WISM, Proceedings
Number of pages10
StatePublished - 2011
Event30th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2011 - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 31 Oct 20113 Nov 2011

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume6999 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference30th International Conference on Conceptual Modeling, ER 2011


  • UML
  • domain analysis
  • feature-orientation
  • software product line engineering
  • variability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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