Identifying and improving reusability based on coupling patterns

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Capiluppi, Andrea and Boldyreff, C. 2008. Identifying and improving reusability based on coupling patterns. in: High confidence software reuse in large systems Springer.
AuthorsCapiluppi, Andrea and Boldyreff, C.

Open Source Software (OSS) communities have not yet taken full advantage of reuse mechanisms. Typically many OSS projects which share the same application domain and topic, duplicate effort and code, without fully leveraging the vast amounts of available code. This study proposes the empirical evaluation of source code folders of OSS projects in order to determine their actual internal reuse and their potential as shareable, fine-grained and externally reusable software components by future projects. This paper empirically analyses four OSS systems, identifies which components
(in the form of folders) are currently being reused internally and studies their coupling
characteristics. Stable components (i.e., those which act as service providers
rather than service consumers) are shown to be more likely to be reusable. As
a means of supporting replication of these successful instances of OSS reuse,
source folders with similar patterns are extracted from the studied systems, and
identified as externally reusable components. The intended users are members of
the OSS development community. Based on the empirical study of the OSS systems and observations made during the study, four practical courses of action are recommended in order to enhance the reusability of current folders that have not been identified as potentially reusable, both from an internal and external standpoint.

Keywordsreuse mechanisms; Open Source Software; computer code; OSS systems; empirical evaluation; software engineering
Book titleHigh confidence software reuse in large systems
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Deposited28 Sep 2009
Series Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Event10th International Conference on Software Reuse, ICSR 2008
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Capiluppi, A., Boldyreff, C. (2008) ‘Identifying and improving reusability based on coupling patterns.’ In: High confidence software reuse in large systems. Lecture notes in computer science, 5030/2008. Springer, Berlin / Heidelberg, pp. 282-293.

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