Multi-perspectives on Feature Models

  • Julia Schroeter
  • Malte Lochau
  • Tim Winkelmann
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7590)


Domain feature models concisely express commonality and variability among variants of a software product line. For supporting separation of concerns, e.g., due to legal restrictions, technical considerations and business requirements, multi-view approaches restrict the configuration choices on feature models for different stakeholders. However, recent approaches lack a formalization for precise, yet flexible specifications of views that ensure every derivable configuration perspective to obey feature model semantics. Here, we introduce a novel approach for preconfiguring feature models to create multi-perspectives. Such customized perspectives result from composition of various concern-relevant views. A structured view model is used to organize features in view groups, wherein a feature may be contained in multiple views. We provide formalizations for view composition and guaranteed consistency of perspectives w.r.t. feature model semantics. Thereupon, an efficient algorithm to verify consistency for entire multi-perspectives is provided. We present an implementation and evaluate our concepts by means of various experiments.


Software Product Lines Feature Models Preconfiguration Customization Automated View Composition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia Schroeter
    • 1
  • Malte Lochau
    • 2
  • Tim Winkelmann
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute for Software- and Multimedia-TechnologyTU DresdenGermany
  2. 2.Institute for Programming and Reactive SystemsTU BraunschweigGermany

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