Selection and use of third-party Software Components: Study of a IT consultancy firm
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The use of third party software components is increasing. By looking at developers at a Norwegian IT consultancy firm I find that developers are using components at an individual level and there is no leading agenda that promotes reuse. Developers that are used to finding and using components do so often and with few problems this practice is aiding and improving software development. However the frequency of use is not as high as it could be, either because of limitations of reuse or lack of knowledge and skill on how to find components. By encouraging the use of small software components and proposing simple guidelines on how to do so companies could increase both reuse and the benefits of them.