Business Users and Program Variability: Bridging the Gap

  • Isabelle Rouvellou
  • Lou Degenaro
  • Judah Diament
  • Achille Fokoue
  • Sam Weber
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3107)


In order to make software components more flexible and reusable it is desirable to provide business users with facilities to assemble and control them, but without first being converted into programmers. We present our fully-functional prototype middleware system where variability is externalized so that core applications need not be altered for anticipated changes. Application behavior modification is fast and easy, suitable for a quickly changing e-commerce world.


Software Product Line Business Logic Business Rule Eclipse Modeling Framework Business User 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabelle Rouvellou
    • 1
  • Lou Degenaro
    • 1
  • Judah Diament
    • 1
  • Achille Fokoue
    • 1
  • Sam Weber
    • 1
  1. 1.IBM T.J. Watson Research CenterNYUSA

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