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Author's personal copy Science of Computer Programming 77 (2012) 129130

Summary: Author's personal copy
Science of Computer Programming 77 (2012) 129­130
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Science of Computer Programming
journal homepage: www.elsevier.com/locate/scico
Preface to the special issue on feature-oriented software development
(FOSD 2009)
The idea of feature-oriented software development (FOSD) is to decompose a software system in terms of the features
it provides. A feature is a unit of functionality that satisfies a requirement, represents a design decision, and provides a
potential configuration option. Typically, from a set of features, many different software systems, called variants, can be
generated that share common features and differ in other features. The complete set of variants is also called a software
product line. Systematic software product-line development based on features has a number of benefits, among others, the
ability to generate reliable and efficient software systems based on well-tested and verified software artifacts. So it is not
surprising that the product-line paradigm has received considerable attention in research and industry.
The FOSD workshop series aims at exploring the foundations, applications, and implications of feature-oriented software
development. The FOSD 2009 workshop was held in conjunction with MODELS, GPCE, and SLE in Denver, Colorado, USA, and
the contributors were invited to submit subsequently extended versions to this special issue. All submissions received three
reviews, to the usual standards of a journal publication. The following three papers passed the rigorous judgment of the
A distinguishing property of FOSD, compared to other product-line engineering approaches, is the clean mapping


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


Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences