Date Added: Mar 2012
In the recent years, the software product lines paradigm has gained interest in both industry and academia. As in traditional software development, the concept of quality is crucial for the success of software product line practices and both functional and nonfunctional characteristics must be involved in the development process in order to achieve a high-quality software product line. Therefore, many efforts have been made towards the development of quality-based approaches in order to address non-functional properties in software product line development. In this paper, the authors propose a taxonomy that characterizes and classifies various approaches for employing non-functional properties in software product lines development.