A practical approach to teaching software reuse
For software reuse to become a reality, the concept of reuse must be presented in a practical context. A practical context must focus on the use of reusable components to develop systems in well understood domains. “Write-only” software libraries will do nothing to accomplish the potential gain of reuse. Generic libraries of components will also provide little gain. This paper discusses a five lesson section covering reuse in a software generation and maintenance course. The course is part of a program designed to educate working professionals in software engineering. The reuse lessons focus on all aspects of reusing software components, from the development of a domain model through to the construction of systems. This paper also describes the homework and project tasks used to reinforce the lesson material.
KeywordsDomain Analysis Reusable Component Practical Context IEEE Software Library Management
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