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Tackling the Flexibility-Usability Trade-off in Component-Based Software Development

``Increase flexibility, decrease usability'' is a known trade-off influencing the effectiveness of reusing artefacts in many engineering disciplines. We claim that software development is influenced, too. The goal of this paper is to elaborate on flexibility and usability in component-based software development. It explains that equally flexible components can considerably differ in usability costs. Therefore, the architecture of components matters to evaluate final cost on building software. We propose a model of building components that can help to decrease costs on software development, while providing a demanded level of flexibility.

Author(s):

Ondřej Dvořák    
Czech Technical University, Faculty of Information Technology
Czech Republic

Robert Pergl    
Czech Technical University, Faculty of Information Technology
Czech Republic

Petr Kroha    
Czech Technical University, Faculty of Information Technology
Czech Republic

 

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