On opportunistic software reuse

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Mäkitalo , N , Taivalsaari , A , Kiviluoto , A , Mikkonen , T & Capilla , R 2020 , ' On opportunistic software reuse ' , Computing , vol. 102 , pp. 2385-2408 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s00607-020-00833-6

Title: On opportunistic software reuse
Author: Mäkitalo, Niko; Taivalsaari, Antero; Kiviluoto, Arto; Mikkonen, Tommi; Capilla, Rafael
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Empirical Software Engineering research group / Tomi Männistö
University of Helsinki, Empirical Software Engineering research group / Tomi Männistö
Date: 2020-07-10
Language: eng
Number of pages: 24
Belongs to series: Computing
ISSN: 0010-485X
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/321122
Abstract: The availability of open source assets for almost all imaginable domains has led the software industry toopportunistic design-an approach in which people develop new software systems in an ad hoc fashion by reusing and combining components that were not designed to be used together. In this paper we investigate this emerging approach. We demonstrate the approach with an industrial example in whichNode.jsmodules and various subsystems are used in an opportunistic way. Furthermore, to study opportunistic reuse as a phenomenon, we present the results of three contextual interviews and a survey with reuse practitioners to understand to what extent opportunistic reuse offers improvements over traditional systematic reuse approaches.
Subject: Software reuse
Software engineering
Opportunistic design
Opportunistic reuse
Software architecture
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