Breaking the Boundaries of Meta Models and Preventing Information Loss in Model-Driven Software Product Lines

Thomas Buchmann, Felix Schwägerl

Abstract

Model-driven software product line engineering is an integrating discipline for which tool support has become available recently. However, existing tools are still immature and have several weaknesses. Among others, limitations in variability, caused by meta model restrictions, and unintended information loss are not addressed. In this paper, we present two conceptual extensions to model-driven product line engineering based on negative variability, being alternative mappings and surrogates. Alternative mappings allow for unconstrained variability, mitigating meta model restrictions by virtually extending the underlying multi-variant domain model. Surrogates prevent unintended information loss during product derivation based on a contextsensitive product analysis, which can be controlled by a declarative OCL-based language. Both extensions have been implemented in FAMILE, a model-driven product line tool that is based on EMF, provides dedicated consistency repair mechanisms, and completely automates application engineering. The added value of alternative mappings and surrogates is demonstrated by a running example.

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Buchmann T. and Schwägerl F. (2016). Breaking the Boundaries of Meta Models and Preventing Information Loss in Model-Driven Software Product Lines . In Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Software Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE, ISBN 978-989-758-189-2, pages 73-83. DOI: 10.5220/0005789100730083


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@conference{enase16,
author={Thomas Buchmann and Felix Schwägerl},
title={Breaking the Boundaries of Meta Models and Preventing Information Loss in Model-Driven Software Product Lines},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Software Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE,},
year={2016},
pages={73-83},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0005789100730083},
isbn={978-989-758-189-2},
}


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TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Evaluation of Novel Software Approaches to Software Engineering - Volume 1: ENASE,
TI - Breaking the Boundaries of Meta Models and Preventing Information Loss in Model-Driven Software Product Lines
SN - 978-989-758-189-2
AU - Buchmann T.
AU - Schwägerl F.
PY - 2016
SP - 73
EP - 83
DO - 10.5220/0005789100730083