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    • ISSN: 2301-3559
    • Frequency: Quarterly
    • DOI: 10.18178/LNSE
    • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Jemal Antidze
    • Executive Editor: Ms. Nina Lee
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Prof. Jemal Antidze
I. Vekua Scientific Institute of Applied Mathematics
Tbilisi State University, Georgia
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LNSE 2014 Vol.2(2): 195-200 ISSN: 2301-3559
DOI: 10.7763/LNSE.2014.V2.122

Managing Product Variants by Project Centralization

Lei Ma, Cyrille Artho, and Hiroyuki Sato
Abstract—Many software systems are evolving continuously. The changes are reflected in a sequence of revised products, including both version updates and related product variants that are created by the clone-and-own approach. Separate management and analysis of these product variants waste storage and hinders uncovering their commonalities and variations for maintenance. In this paper, we explore the project centralization approach to manage product variants. Our technique shares common code whenever possible while keeping the version space of each project separate. We present the key issues of project centralization and its algorithms. We perform several case studies, where project centralization is applied to real-world software projects, demonstrating the potential usefulness of our approach.

Index Terms—Software evolution, software management, project centralization, multiple versions, program analysis.

Lei Ma and Hiroyuki Sato are with the Department of Electrical Engineering, the University of Tokyo, Japan (e-mail: malei@satolab.itc.u-tokyo.ac.jp, schuko@satolab.itc.u-tokyo.ac.jp).
Cyrille Artho is with the Research Institute for Secure Systems, AIST, Japan (e-mail: c.artho@aist.co.jp).


Cite: Lei Ma, Cyrille Artho, and Hiroyuki Sato, "Managing Product Variants by Project Centralization," Lecture Notes on Software Engineering vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 195-200, 2014.

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