Some Challenges of Feature-based Merging of Class Diagrams

Germain Saval, Jorge Pinna Puissant, Patrick Heymans, Tom Mens

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In software product line engineering, feature models enable to automate the generation of product-specific models in conjunction with domain "base models" (e.g. UML models). Two approaches exist: pruning of a large domain model, or merging of model fragments. In this paper, we investigate the impact of the merging approach on base models, and how they are made and used. We adopt an empirical method and test the approach on an example. The results show several challenges in the way model fragments are written, the need for new modelling language constructs and tool support.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Third Workshop on Variability Modelling of Software-intensive Systems (VaMoS'09)
EditorsDavid Benavides, Andreas Metzger, Ulrich Eisenecker
Place of PublicationDuisburg-Essen
PublisherInstitute for Computer Science and Business Information Systems
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 2009


  • feature product line model driven engineering


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