A new method for identification of reusable software components

Barry Keepence, Campbell McCausland, Mike Mannion Mannion

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Modern engineering systems are increasingly software intensive. There is pressure from customers to reduce costs and development times whilst increasing quality. Finding appropriate techniques for achieving this are a major concern for systems engineers. Increased reuse addresses this concern. Domain Modelling is seen as a way of extracting the common features in a domain. The problems are: how to build a domain model; populate it and reuse from it. In this paper we show how to build an Object Oriented Domain Model using discriminants. Discriminants are modelled using patterns. The resulting architectural model can then be used to build new systems in the domain by selecting features. This paper presents the results of a case study where the method has been applied to the generation of a Domain Model for Spacecraft Mission Planning Systems. The method has been successful where classical attempts have failed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IEEE Symposium and Workshop on Engineering of Computer Based Systems
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)0818673559, 0818673575
Publication statusPublished - 1996


  • software reusability
  • object oriented modeling
  • systems engineering and theory
  • software engineering
  • costs
  • hardware
  • aerospace engineering
  • software systems
  • application software
  • software libraries


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