|Authors||A. Gotlieb, D. Marijan and S. Sen|
|Title||Towards More Relational Feature Models|
|Afilliation||, , Software Engineering|
|Project(s)||The Certus Centre (SFI)|
|Publication Type||Proceedings, refereed|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Conference Name||ICSOFT-EA 2015 - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Software Engineering and Applications, Colmar, Alsace, France, 20-22 July.|
Feature modeling is of paramount importance to capture variabilities and commonalities within a software product line. Nevertheless, current feature modeling notations are limited, representing only propositional formulae over attributed variables. This position paper advocates the extension of feature modeling formalisms with richer computational domains and relational operations. In particular, it proposes to extend feature modeling with finite and continuous domain variables, with first-order logic quantifiers, and with N-ary relations between features attributes, and with so-called global constraints. In order to extend the expressiveness while preserving automated analysis facilities, feature models could be semantically interpreted as first-order logic formulae (instead of propositional logic formulae), including global and continuous dependency between features. In simpler words, this paper emphasizes the importance of having more relational feature models and presents next generation applications.