As software systems become more and more complex, the move towards Component-On-The-Shelf (COTS) systems is a natural maturation process of software engineering. This paper is an attempt to identify key properties of existing COTS softwares. We suggest a systematic approach which examines COTS-related issues under three linguistic levels: lexicon, syntax and semantics. The driving force behind this approach by analogy is to outline a new requirements engineering method for COTS-based systems.
THANH QUANG, N. and COMYN-WATTIAU, I. (2002). COSTS - Based System Engineering - The Linguistics Approach. In: Proceedings of the First International Conference on COST-Based Software Systems. ICCBSS.