36th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE Companion 2014), May 31 – June 7, 2014, Hyderabad, India

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Process and Social Aspects
New Ideas and Emerging Results
MR.1.3-4, Chairs: Jane Cleland-Huang
Flexible Product Line Engineering with a Virtual Platform
Michał Antkiewicz, Wenbin Ji, Thorsten Berger, Krzysztof Czarnecki, Thomas Schmorleiz, Ralf Lämmel, Ștefan Stănciulescu, Andrzej Wąsowski, and Ina Schaefer
(University of Waterloo, Canada; University of Koblenz-Landau, Germany; IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark; TU Braunschweig, Germany)
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Abstract: Cloning is widely used for creating new product variants. While it has low adoption costs, it often leads to maintenance problems. Long term reliance on cloning is discouraged in favor of systematic reuse offered by product line engineering (PLE) with a central platform integrating all reusable assets. Unfortunately, adopting an integrated platform requires a risky and costly migration. However, industrial experience shows that some benefits of an integrated platform can be achieved by properly managing a set of cloned variants. In this paper, we propose an incremental and minimally invasive PLE adoption strategy called virtual platform. Virtual platform covers a spectrum of strategies between ad-hoc clone and own and PLE with a fully-integrated platform divided into six governance levels. Transitioning to a governance level requires some effort and it provides some incremental benefits. We discuss tradeoffs among the levels and illustrate the strategy on an example implementation.


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