Generic Semantics of Feature Diagrams Variants

Yves Bontemps, Patrick Heymans, Pierre-Yves Schobbens, Jean-Christophe Trigaux

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A large number of extensions of Feature Oriented Domain Analysis (FODA) Feature Diagrams were introduced to compensate for a purported ambiguity and lack of precision and expressiveness of the original FODA feature diagrams (OFD). However, they never received a formal semantics, which is the hallmark of precision and unambiguity. We propose here a formal semantics for all these diagrams, thanks to a generic construction that we call Free Feature Diagrams (FFD). From this we demonstrate that OFD are precise, unambiguous, and expressively complete, and thus that all extensions add no expressiveness. A finer notion is thus needed to compare these languages. Two solutions are well-established: succinctness and embeddability, that express naturalness of a language. This tool shows that some extensions indeed bring some naturalness, but are harmfully redundant and that the same naturalness can be attained with the simpler varied FD (VFD).
langue originaleAnglais
titreProceedings of 8th International Conference on Feature Interactions in Telecommunications and Software Systems
rédacteurs en chefS Reiff-Marganiec, M. D Ryan
Lieu de publicationLeicester, UK
EditeurIOS Press
Nombre de pages20
ISBN (imprimé)1-58603-524-X
Etat de la publicationPublié - 2005

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