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An overall picture of the software product line organization as it progresses through the various stages of software product line engineering can be depicted with the factory pattern. A pattern is a common way of expressing common contexts and problem-solution pairs. The following extends the description of Factory found in Software Product Lines: Practices and Patterns.
Name: The Factory pattern is a composite pattern that describes the entire software product line organization.
Context: an organization is considering (or is fielding) a software product line
Problem: to map the entire product line effort
Solution: Fielding a product line can be thought of as accomplishing six things:
The factory pattern consists of the disciplined interaction of these other eight patterns.
The Product Line Quick Look can help your organization locate its position in Factory so that you can apply the most effective practices to move where you wish to go.
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