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Determining Criteria for Selecting Software Components: Lessons Learned

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3 Author(s)
Carvallo, Juan Pablo ; Informatics Dept., Etapatelecom, Cuenca ; Franch, Xavier ; Quer, Carme

Software component selection is growing in importance. Its success relies on correctly assessing the candidate components' quality. For a particular project, you can assess quality by identifying and analyzing the criteria that affect it. Component selection is on the suitability and completeness of the criteria used for evaluation. Experiences from determining criteria for several industrial projects provide important lessons. For a particular selection process, you can organize selection criteria into a criteria catalog. A CC is built for a scope, which can be either a domain (workflow systems, mail servers, antivirus tools, and so on) or a category of domains (communication infrastructure, collaboration software, and so on). Structurally, a CC arranges selection criteria in a hierarchical tree-like structure. The higher-level selection criteria serve to classify more concrete selection criteria, usually allowing some overlap. They also serve to leverage the CC

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Software, IEEE  (Volume:24 ,  Issue: 3 )

Date of Publication:

May-June 2007

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