Feature-Oriented Software Product Lines

Concepts and Implementation

  • Sven Apel
  • Don Batory
  • Christian Kästner
  • Gunter Saake

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Software Product Lines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Sven Apel, Don Batory, Christian Kästner, Gunter Saake
      Pages 3-15
    3. Sven Apel, Don Batory, Christian Kästner, Gunter Saake
      Pages 17-44
  3. Variability Implementation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 45-45
    2. Sven Apel, Don Batory, Christian Kästner, Gunter Saake
      Pages 47-63
    3. Sven Apel, Don Batory, Christian Kästner, Gunter Saake
      Pages 65-97
    4. Sven Apel, Don Batory, Christian Kästner, Gunter Saake
      Pages 99-127
    5. Sven Apel, Don Batory, Christian Kästner, Gunter Saake
      Pages 129-174
    6. Sven Apel, Don Batory, Christian Kästner, Gunter Saake
      Pages 175-189
  4. Advanced Topics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 191-191
    2. Sven Apel, Don Batory, Christian Kästner, Gunter Saake
      Pages 193-212
    3. Sven Apel, Don Batory, Christian Kästner, Gunter Saake
      Pages 213-241
    4. Sven Apel, Don Batory, Christian Kästner, Gunter Saake
      Pages 243-282
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 283-315

About this book

Introduction

While standardization has empowered the software industry to substantially scale software development and to provide affordable software to a broad market, it often does not address smaller market segments, nor the needs and wishes of individual customers.  Software product lines reconcile mass production and standardization with mass customization in software engineering. Ideally, based on a set of reusable parts, a software manufacturer can generate a software product based on the requirements of its customer. The concept of features is central to achieving this level of automation, because features bridge the gap between the requirements the customer has and the functionality a product provides. Thus features are a central concept in all phases of product-line development.

 

The authors take a developer’s viewpoint, focus on the development, maintenance, and implementation of product-line variability, and especially concentrate on automated product derivation based on a user’s feature selection. The book consists of three parts. Part I provides a general introduction to feature-oriented software product lines, describing the product-line approach and introducing the product-line development process with its two elements of domain and application engineering. The pivotal part II covers a wide variety of implementation techniques including design patterns, frameworks, components, feature-oriented programming, and aspect-oriented programming, as well as tool-based approaches including preprocessors, build systems, version-control systems, and virtual separation of concerns. Finally, part III is devoted to advanced topics related to feature-oriented product lines like refactoring, feature interaction, and analysis tools specific to product lines. In addition, an appendix lists various helpful tools for software product-line development, along with a description of how they relate to the topics covered in this book.

 

To tie the book together, the authors use two running examples that are well documented in the product-line literature: data management for embedded systems, and variations of graph data structures. They start every chapter by explicitly stating the respective learning goals and finish it with a set of exercises; additional teaching material is also available online. All these features make the book ideally suited for teaching – both for academic classes and for professionals interested in self-study.

Keywords

customization feature-oriented development requirements engineering software engineering variability modeling

Authors and affiliations

  • Sven Apel
    • 1
  • Don Batory
    • 2
  • Christian Kästner
    • 3
  • Gunter Saake
    • 4
  1. 1.University of PassauPassauGermany
  2. 2.The University of Texas at AustinAustinUSA
  3. 3.Carnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA
  4. 4.Otto-von-Guericke UniversityMagdeburgGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-37521-7
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-37520-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-37521-7
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