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A case study of framework design for horizontal reuse

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2 Author(s)
Christensen, H.B. ; Centre for Exp. Comput. Sci., Aarhus Univ., Denmark ; Rom, H.

In this experience report, we present a case study in designing, implementing and reusing an object-oriented framework for constructing and editing complex search expressions over arbitrary data domains. We present a framework design that achieves a large degree of business domain decoupling through the application of design patterns. We outline the reuse process and analyse and classify the problems encountered during the first-instance framework reuse. The major lessons learned are: (1) that, while design patterns are well-known for providing decoupling solutions at the code level, the lack of similar decoupling techniques at the non-code level may give rise to technical mismatch problems between the framework and the client systems; (2) that such technical mismatch problems can be costly; and (3) that a reusable framework may beneficially provide a solution template when it cannot provide actual functionality

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Technology of Object-Oriented Languages and Systems, 2000. TOOLS-Pacific 2000. Proceedings. 37th International Conference on

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