Software Product Lines
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What is a Software Product Line
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A Note on Terminology
Starting Versus Running a
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Product Line Essential Activities
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A Framework for Software Product Line Practice, Version 5.0

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A Note on Terminology

In this document we use the following terms:

Some practitioners use a different set of terms to convey essentially the same meaning. For some, a product line is a profit and loss center concerned with turning out a set of products; it refers to a business unit, not a set of products. The product family is that set of products we call the product line. The software assets in the core asset base are sometimes called a platform. What we call core asset development is sometimes referred to as domain engineering, and what we call product development is sometimes referred to as application engineering.

The terminology is not as important as the concepts. That having been said, you might encounter different terms in other places and should be able to translate them. These and other related terms are defined in the glossary.

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