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Anticipating context changes using a model-based approach requires a formal procedure for analysing and mod- elling their context-dependent functionality, and a stable descrip- tion of the architecture which supports dynamic decision-making and architecture evolution. This article demonstrates the capabil- ities of the context-oriented component-based application-model- driven architecture (COCA-MDA) to support the development of self-adaptive applications; we describe a state-of-the-art case study and evaluate the development effort involved in adopting the COCA-MDA in constructing the application. An intensive analysis of the application requirements simplified the process of modelling the application’s behavioural model; therefore, instead of modelling several variation models, the developers modelled an extra-functionality model. COCA-MDA reduces the development effort because it maintains a clear separation of concerns and em- ploys a decomposition mechanism to produce a context-oriented component model which decouples the applications’ core func- tionality from the context-dependent functionality. Estimating the MDA approach’s productivity can help the software developers to select the best MDA-based methodology from the available solutions proposed in the literature. Thus, counting the source line of code is not adequate for evaluating the development effort of the MDA-based methodology. Quantifying the maintenance adjustment factor of the new, adapted, and reused code is a better estimate of the development effort of the MDA approaches.
Magableh, B., Barrett, S.:, “Model-Driven Productivity Evaluation for self-Adaptive Context- Oriented Software Development ,” 5th International Conference and Exhibition on Next Generation Mobile Applications, Services, and Technologies (NGMAST’11), vol. 1, Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom, Sept. 2011.