International Journal of Wireless and Microwave Technologies(IJWMT)

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IJWMT Vol.7, No.5, Sep. 2017

Selecting the COTS Components Using Ad-hoc Approach

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Somya Goyal, Anubha Parashar

Index Terms

COTS (Commercially-off-the-shelf);CBSE (Component based Software Engineering);OTSO (Off-the-shelf-Option);WSM (Weighted Scoring Method);AHP (Analytical Hierarchical Processing)


This paper presents the current scenario of our software industry which is deploying CBSE approach to construct high quality deliverable software products at shorter time to market. As both Vendor-specific and OSS COTS components are equally popular now-a-days. Hence, the availability of a wide range of COTS components in market is quite high. To select the best suitable candidate among the various available components, various formal methods and techniques like OTSO have been introduced by researchers. In this paper, COTS based software development & SDLC under CBSE tradition are discussed. Along with this discussion, it uncovers the fact that our software developers are applying Ad-hoc techniques as per their taste for making the selection of the most appropriate components for their projects rather than following the formal methods. Through this paper, various possible reasons behind the ‘Not-so-In-Use’ nature of these formal methods are being reported.

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Somya Goyal, Anubha Parashar," Selecting the COTS Components Using Ad-hoc Approach ", International Journal of Wireless and Microwave Technologies(IJWMT), Vol.7, No.5, pp. 22-31, 2017.DOI: 10.5815/ijwmt.2017.05.03


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