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Customization Realization in Multi-tenant Web Applications: Case Studies from the Library Sector

  • Slinger Jansen
  • Geert-Jan Houben
  • Sjaak Brinkkemper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6189)

Abstract

There are insufficient examples available of how customization is realized in multi-tenant web applications, whereas developers are looking for examples and patterns as inspiration for their own web applications. This paper presents an overview of how variability realization techniques from the software product line world can be applied to realize customization when building multi-tenant web applications. The paper addresses this issue by providing a catalogue of customization realization techniques, which are illustrated using occurrences of customization in two practical innovative cases from the library sector. The catalogue and its examples assist developers in evaluating and selecting customization realization techniques for their multi-tenant web application.

Keywords

Application Program Interface Software Product Line Controller Change Content Management System Realization Technique 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Slinger Jansen
    • 1
  • Geert-Jan Houben
    • 2
  • Sjaak Brinkkemper
    • 1
  1. 1.Utrecht UniversityUtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands

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