Software Unbundling: Challenges and Perspectives

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9800)


Unbundling is a phenomenon that consists of dividing an existing software artifact into smaller ones. It can happen for different reasons, one of them is the fact that applications tend to grow in functionalities and sometimes this can negatively influence the user experience. For example, mobile applications from well-known companies are being divided into simpler and more focused new ones. Despite its current importance, little is known or studied about unbundling or about how it relates to existing software engineering approaches, such as modularization. Consequently, recent cases point out that it has been performed unsystematically and arbitrarily. In this article, our main goal is to present this novel and relevant concept and its underlying challenges in the light of software engineering, also exemplifying it with recent cases. We relate unbundling to standard software modularization, presenting the new motivations behind it, the resulting problems, and drawing perspectives for future support in the area.


Unbundling Modularization Features Aspects Reengineering Refactoring Evolution 

Categories and Subject Descriptors

D.2.9 Software Engineering: Distribution Maintenance Enhancement 



We would like to thank the participants of MODULARITY’15 for the feedbacks, suggestions, and discussions. The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Commission under the Seventh (FP7 - 2007-2013) Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (HEADS project).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Computer ScienceUniversity of BirminghamBirminghamUK
  2. 2.Inria and Irisa, Université Rennes 1RennesFrance

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