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Architectural bad smells in Software Product Lines: An exploratory study
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems. Federal University of Bahia, Av. Adhemar de Barros, Salvador, Brazil .
Federal University of Bahia, Av. Adhemar de Barros, Salvador, Brazil .
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Embedded Systems.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5278-755X
2014 (English)In: ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, 2014, Article number 12- p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The Software Product Lines (SPL) paradigm has arisen for taking advantage of existing common aspects between different products, while also considering product-specific features. The architecture of a SPL comprises a model that will result in product architectures, and may include solutions leading to bad (architectural) design. One way to assess such design decisions is through the identification of architectural bad smells, which are properties that prejudice the overall software quality, but are not necessarily faulty or errant.Inthis paper, we conduct an exploratory study that aims at characterizing bad smells in the context of product line architectures. We analyzed an open source SPL project and extracted its architecture to investigate the occurrence or absence of four smells initially studied in single systems. In addition, we propose a smell specific to the SPL context and discuss possible causes and implications of having those smells in the architecture of a product line. The results indicate that the granularity of the SPL features may influence on the occurrence of smells.

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2014. Article number 12- p.
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ACM International Conference Proceeding Series
Keyword [en]
Architectural bad smells, Exploratory study, Software product lines, Computer software selection and evaluation, Odors, Open source software, Open systems, Product design, Software architecture, Bad smells, Design decisions, Exploratory studies, Product architecture, Product line architecture, Software Product Line, Software Quality, Architecture
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Computer and Information Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-25768DOI: 10.1145/2578128.2578237Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84904549333ISBN: 9781450325233 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-25768DiVA: diva2:736767
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11th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture, WICSA 2014, 7 April 2014 through 11 April 2014, Sydney, NSW
Available from: 2014-08-08 Created: 2014-08-08 Last updated: 2015-12-21Bibliographically approved

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