A Complexity Tale: Web Configurators

Gilles Perrouin, Mathieu Acher, Jean-Marc Davril, Axel Legay, Patrick Heymans

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Online configurators are basically everywhere. From physical goods (cars, clothes) to services (cloud solutions, insurances, etc.) such configurators have pervaded many areas of everyday life, in order to provide the customers products tailored to their needs. Being sometimes the only interfaces between product suppliers and consumers, much care has been devoted to the HCI aspects of configurators, aiming at offering an enjoyable buying experience. However, at the backend, the management of numerous and complex configuration options results from ad-hoc process rather than a systematic variability-aware engineering approach. We present our experience in analysing web configurators and formalising configuration options in terms of feature models or product configuration matrices. We also consider behavioural issues and perspectives on their architectural design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE/ACM 1st International Workshop on Variability and Complexity in Software Design (VACE)
Place of PublicationAustin
PublisherACM Press
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-4176-9
ISBN (Print)978-1-5090-2240-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event38th International Conference on Software Engineering - Austin, United States
Duration: 14 May 201622 May 2016


Conference38th International Conference on Software Engineering
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • Web Configurator
  • Complexity
  • Variability


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