Subclack: feature-oriented programming with behavioral feature interfaces

  • Feature-oriented programming extends object-oriented programming to support feature modularity. Feature modules typically cut across class boundaries to implement end-user-visible features. Customized program variants can be composed automatically given a selection of desired feature modules. We propose behavioral feature interfaces based on design by contract for precise localization of faulty feature modules. There are three different approaches for feature-module composition, which are considered to be equivalent in the literature. We discuss advantages and disadvantages for each approach with regard to behavioral feature interfaces. Based on our insights, we present Subclack as a new approach for feature-module composition combining the advantages of all existing approaches. In our examples, we use contracts defined in an feature-oriented extension of the Java Modeling Language, and discuss how they can be checked by means of runtime assertions.

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Author:Thomas Thüm, Sven Apel, Andreas Zelend, Reimar Schröter, Bernhard MöllerGND
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Parent Title (English):Proceedings of the 5th Workshop on MechAnisms for SPEcialization, Generalization and inHerItance - MASPEGHI '13, Montpellier, France, July 01 - 01, 2013
Publisher:ACM Press
Place of publication:New York, NY
Editor:Markku Sakkinen
Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2013
Publishing Institution:Universität Augsburg
Release Date:2019/07/23
First Page:1
Last Page:8
Institutes:Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik
Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik / Institut für Informatik
Fakultät für Angewandte Informatik / Institut für Informatik / Professur für Programmiermethodik und Multimediale Informationssysteme
Dewey Decimal Classification:0 Informatik, Informationswissenschaft, allgemeine Werke / 00 Informatik, Wissen, Systeme / 004 Datenverarbeitung; Informatik
Licence (German):Deutsches Urheberrecht