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Title: Genericity - A "missing in action" key to software simplification and reuse
Authors: Jarzabek, S. 
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Jarzabek, S. (2006). Genericity - A "missing in action" key to software simplification and reuse. Proceedings - Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference, APSEC : 293-300. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In controlled lab experiments and industrial projects, we observed 50%-90% rates of repetitions that deliberately recurred in newly developed, well-designed programs. Most often, recurring program structures represented an important concept from software requirements or design spaces. Repetitions increased conceptual complexity and physical size of programs, and also signified unexploited reuse opportunities. Despite potential benefits, avoiding or explicating repetitions with conventional programming techniques was either impossible or would require developers to compromise other important design goals. We believe these problems are common in many program situations. We hypothesize that they have their roots in much similarity that is inherent in software, and not strong enough generic design mechanisms to represent repetitions in a unified, generic way. We discuss mixed-strategy approach that strengthens generic design capabilities of conventional programming techniques with help of a generative meta-programming technique. © 2006 IEEE.
Source Title: Proceedings - Asia-Pacific Software Engineering Conference, APSEC
ISBN: 0769526853
ISSN: 15301362
DOI: 10.1109/APSEC.2006.37
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