Inferring variability from customize standard software products

PL4X Conceptual Solution

Systematic variability management is an important prerequisite for successful software reuse. However, it requires significant effort and extensive domain knowledge to document and maintain information on variability. In this paper we present a tool-supported approach which supports semi-automatically inferring variability information from customized standard software products. The approach does not only enable the identification and documentation of variability information based on existing products, it is also capable of incrementally updating this information. To guarantee quick access to reusable code artifacts (e.g. requirements, features or software components), the presented solution stores these artifacts together with related requirements and a generated variability model in an asset repository. The tool-supported approach has been applied to customizations of Microsoft Dynamics AX ERP systems. Our experiences highlight the potential and benefits of our approach compared to manually gathering information on software variability.

The paper was presented at the 18th International Software Product Line Conference 2014 in Florence. The paper is available at ACM digital library

About erpcoder
Software Engineer and Dynamics AX enthusiast working in Research & Development for InsideAx

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