Successful Reuse of Software Components: A Report from the Open Source Perspective

Capiluppi, Andrea and Boldyreff, Cornelia and Stol, Klaas-Jan (2011) ‘Successful Reuse of Software Components: A Report from the Open Source Perspective’,

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A promising way of software reuse is Component-Based Software Development (CBSD). There is an increasing number of OSS products available that can be freely used in product development. How- ever, OSS communities themselves have not yet taken full advantage of the “reuse mechanism”. Many OSS projects duplicate effort and code, even when sharing the same application domain and topic. One suc- cessful counter-example is the FFMpeg multimedia project, since several of its components are widely and consistently reused into other OSS projects. This paper documents the history of the libavcodec library of components from the FFMpeg project, which at present is reused in more than 140 OSS projects. Most of the recipients use it as a black- box component, although a number of OSS projects keep a copy of it in their repositories, and modify it as such. In both cases, we argue that libavcodec is a successful example of reusable OSS library of compo- nents.

Item Type: Conference or Event Item (Paper)
Divisions: Schools > Architecture Computing and Engineering, School of
Depositing User: Andrea Capiluppi
Date Deposited: 11 Jul 2011 15:31
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2012 13:55

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