Title page for ETD etd-01202010-020317
|Type of Document
||Hicklin, R. Austin
||A consignment library of reusable software components for use over the World-Wide Web
||Master of Science
|Rosson, Mary Beth
|Fox, Edward Alan
|Lee, John A. N.
- software reuse
- reusable software libraries (RSLs)
- software classification
- digital libraries
- reuse incentives
|Date of Defense
This research project report discusses the development of a commercial,
consignment-based library (a) of reusable software components to be accessed using the
World-Wide Web. The research project consists of two parts: the development of a
prototype system that provides interface and information retrieval functionality for
such a system, and an analysis of the technical and business issues involved in making
the library operational as a commercial entity.
The prototype system uses a hypertext browser and a query-based search
mechanism to access descriptions of reusable software components; these descriptions
are structured by a variation of a faceted classification system. The issues addressed
include the classification and description of reusable software components; methods of
retrieval, especially library browsing methods based on component classification; and
analysis of incentives for reuse.
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