Una Aproximación de Línea de Producto para la Generación de Informes de Bases de Datos (A Product-Line Approach to Database Reporting)

Felipe I. Anfurrutia (felipe.anfurrutia@ehu.es), Oscar Díaz (oscar.diaz@ehu.es), Salvador Trujillo (struji@ehu.es)

Grupo de investigación ONEKIN de la Universidad del País Vasco, San Sebastián (España).
This paper appears in: Revista IEEE América Latina

Publication Date: April 2006
Volume: 4,   Issue: 2 
ISSN: 1548-0992

Reporting for analysis is a common demand to database programmers. Unlike dynamic data analysis, reporting tend to be foreseeable. Despite this fact, staff waste their time programming similar reports time and again, where reports are often built from scratch with little if any reuse at all. Based on the predictability and similarity among reports, this work presents a product-line approach to database reporting. The feature model, core assets and production plan of the product line are sketched, and the architecture discussed. The work was conducted under a main requirement: data warehouse technology was not available. Either the cost or the lack of appropriate staff makes small-and-medium companies reluctant to use these sophisticated tools while simple reporting is all they need. In this scenario, the product-line approach can be a cost-effective solution to achieve reuse.

Index Terms:
Automatic programming, Business data processing, Manufacturing data processing, Software reusability, Specification languages   

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