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Title
Plastic Partial Components: A Solution to Support Variability in Architectural Components
Authors
Jennifer Pérez Benedí
Jessica Díaz
Cristóbal Costa Soria
Juan Garbajosa
Published in
Joint 8th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture & 3rd European Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA/ECSA 2009). Cambridge, UK, 14-17 September. IEEE, 2009. (Accepted, publication pending) - 2009
Abstract
Software Product Line Engineering is becoming widely used due to the improvement it means when developing software products of the same family. The commonalities and variabilities of Software Product Lines (SPL) are identified during the Domain Engineering process and then, they are realized in the software architecture. Therefore, mechanisms to explicitly specify the commonalities and variabilities of SPLs at the architectural level are required. Most current mechanisms specify variations on the architecture by adding or removing architectural elements. However, it is also necessary to specify variations inside components. In this paper, we propose the notion of Plastic Partial Components to support internal variations. The specification of these components is performed using Invasive Software Composition techniques and without tangling the core and product architectures of the SPL. This contribution is illustrated through a SPL for developing domain-specific validation environments.


BibTeX
@misc{issi_web:id:324,
        title =  "Plastic Partial Components: A Solution to Support Variability in Architectural Components",
        author = "Jennifer Pérez Benedí and Jessica Díaz and Cristóbal Costa Soria and Juan Garbajosa",
        booktitle = "Joint 8th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture & 3rd European Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA/ECSA 2009). Cambridge, UK, 14-17 September. IEEE, 2009. (Accepted, publication pending)",
        year = "2009",
        eprint = "http://issi.dsic.upv.es/publications/archives/",
        url = "",
        abstract = "Software Product Line Engineering is becoming widely used due to the improvement it means when developing software products of the same family. The commonalities and variabilities of Software Product Lines (SPL) are identified during the Domain Engineering process and then, they are realized in the software architecture. Therefore, mechanisms to explicitly specify the commonalities and variabilities of SPLs at the architectural level are required. Most current mechanisms specify variations on the architecture by adding or removing architectural elements. However, it is also necessary to specify variations inside components. In this paper, we propose the notion of Plastic Partial Components to support internal variations. The specification of these components is performed using Invasive Software Composition techniques and without tangling the core and product architectures of the SPL. This contribution is illustrated through a SPL for developing domain-specific validation environments."
}