With tongue in cheek and pun in hand, Will Tracz explores the very serious and important topic of software reuse. Tracz is notorious for his well-known work in "Confessions of a Used Program Salesman," articles popularized by IEEE Computer, IEEE Software, and ACM Software Engineering Notes.
In this entertaining and comprehensive guide, he illustrates how to go beyond ad hoc software reuse to institutionalize the process. He discusses how to create a well-planned program, how to design modular software specifically for reuse across applications, and how to take full advantage of your efforts.
A seasoned practitioner, Tracz offers sound advice and hard-won truths from the reuse trenches. Through these insightful "Confessions," the book takes a close look at such specific issues as the characteristics of quality reusable software; intellectual property rights; the roles of Ada, C++, Case, and design patterns; and more. Tracz notes emerging technologies that have the greatest impact on software reuse. The step-by-step program included in the book will lead you down the road to reuse, steering you lear of the potholes and hazards that others have run into.