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The Road to Feature Modularity? [Discussion Paper]

Summary: The Road to Feature Modularity?
[Discussion Paper]
Christian Kästner
Philipps University Marburg
Sven Apel
University of Passau
Klaus Ostermann
Philipps University Marburg
Modularity of feature representations has been a long stand-
ing goal of feature-oriented software development. While
some researchers regard feature modules and corresponding
composition mechanisms as a modular solution, other re-
searchers have challenged the notion of feature modularity
and pointed out that most feature-oriented implementation
mechanisms lack proper interfaces and support neither mod-
ular type checking nor separate compilation. We step back
and reflect on the feature-modularity discussion. We distin-
guish two notions of modularity, cohesion without interfaces
and information hiding with interfaces, and point out the


Source: Apel, Sven - Fakultät für Informatik und Mathematik, Universität Passau


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences