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Software Product Line Engineering: A Family-Based Software Development Process with CDROMby David Weiss
Synopses & Reviews
It is in the "how to do it" part that this book excels, because it illustrates a process that has been successfully applied to reduce costs for organizations that develop large programming systems. With the help of this book, many more can learn how to exploit the idea of program families and bring about a substantial improvement in the state of practice in the software industry.
Many organizations have mastered the practice of software development, yet few have become truly efficient at software production. With the adoption of an efficient, systematic software production method, organizations can gain significant competitive advantages, including reduced time to market, better schedule predictability, more reliable code, and decreased costs. Software Product-Line Engineering provides the actionable information and proven tactics necessary to effect organizational change and make your future software projects more successful.
The authors outline a systematic method for rapid software production through the FAST (Family-Oriented Abstraction, Specification, and Translation) process, a revolutionary commercial product developed at AT&T that continues to evolve at Lucent Technologies. FAST uses practical domain engineering to decrease the time and effort necessary to develop, deliver, and maintain software. Any software development projects currently using C, C++, or Java can easily incorporate the FAST model and quickly reap the benefits of a more efficient software methodology.
Book News Annotation:
The authors outline a systematic method for rapid software production through the family-oriented abstraction, specification, and translation (FAST) process. FAST uses practical domain engineering to decrease the time and effort necessary to develop, deliver, and maintain software. Any software development projects using C, C++, or Java can incorporate the FAST model. The CD-ROM contains a FAST PASTA browser and a simulator for a floating weather station.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 409-412) and index.
About the Author
David M. Weiss is the Director of the Software Production Research Department at Avaya Laboratories. His technical work has evolved into the invention of processes that incorporate ideas from families, design for change, measurement, precise specification, and technology transfer. The result has been a software production process based on family-oriented abstraction, specification, and translation, known as FAST.
Chi Tau Robert Lai is founder of the International Software Process Constellation, Inc., which is an industry leader in process engineering and software automation.
Table of Contents
(Each chapter concludes with a Summary, Nomenclature Introduced, and Readings.
1. Introduction: The Need for Families.
The Dilemma of Careful Engineering and Rapid Production.
Problems FAST Addresses.
Applications of FAST.
Benefits of FAST.
What Can Readers Expect?
2. Family-Oriented Software Production.
Foundations for Engineering Families.
The Role of Abstractions in Identifying and Designing Families.
The Role of Information Hiding and Separation of Concerns.
3. AN EXAMPLE: FAST Applied to Commands and Reports.
The Commands and Reports Family.
Defining the C&R Family.
Using the C&R Application Engineering Environment.
The SPEC Language and Its Translators.
Designing the Translators.
4. An Overview of FAST.
The Structure of FAST.
The Economics of FAST.
Case 1: No Domain Engineering.
Case 2: Domain Engineering.
The Fundamental Law of Family Production.
Risk Versus Automation.
Application Engineering Artifacts.
Application Production Activities.
Domain Engineering Artifacts.
Domain Engineering Activities.
Variability in the FAST Process.
5. AN EXAMPLE: The Floating Weather Station Family.
The Floating Weather Station Family.
Qualify the FWS Domain.
Engineer the FWS Domain.
Analyze the FWS Domain.
Implement the FWS Domain.
Addendum A: The Floating Weather Station Commonality Analysis.
Dictionary of Terms.
Parameters of Variation.
Sensor Driver Identifiers.
Addendum B: The Floating Weather Station Module Guide.
Device Interface Modules.
Addendum C: The Floating Weather Station Application Generation Environment.
Family Member Generator.
Addendum D: A Generated Floating Weather Station Family Member.
Addendum E: The Floating Weather Station Environment Simulator.
6. Process Modeling.
Motivations for Process Modeling.
A PASTA Model as a Communications Medium.
Elements of a PASTA Model.
Process Activities as State Machines.
Artifacts as State Machines.
Prescribing the Order of Events.
Prescribing a Methodology.
The Role of Process Modeling in FAST.
Creating PASTA Process Models.
The Process User’s Concerns.
PASTA Models as Used by Process Environment Developers.
Process Measurement Using PASTA.
Measuring a Process Model.
Measuring Process Performance.
7. Representing a PASTA Model.
Representations of PASTA Elements.
Artifact Definition Form.
A-State Machine Diagrams.
Process State Definition Form.
Relation Definition Form.
Role Definition Form.
Operation Definition Form.
Analysis Definition Form.
8. An Overview of the FAST PASTA Model.
FAST Model Hierarchies.
Gluing the Elements Together: The State Transition Diagrams.
Typical Questions Answered by the Model.
First Steps in Applying the Model.
Identifying Starting Activities and Roles.
9. Artifact Definitions.
10. Activity Definitions.
11. Role Definitions.
12. FAST Analyses.
13. FAST Relations.
Patterns of Thought and Work.
FAST and Reuse.
FAST as a Multiparadigm Process.
FAST and Object Orientation.
Applicability of FAST.
Finding Domains Where FAST Is Worth Applying.
The Single-Customer, Single-Product-Family Situation.
The Many-Customers, Single-Product-Family Situation.
The Many-Customers, Many-Product-Families Situation.
Applying FAST Incrementally.
Patterns of a FAST Organization.
Transitioning to a FAST Process.
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