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Type-Safe Feature-Oriented Product Lines

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Executive Summary

A feature-oriented product line is a family of programs that share a common set of features. A feature implements a stakeholder's requirement, represents a design decision and configuration option and, when added to a program, involves the introduction of new structures, such as classes and methods, and the refinement of existing ones, such as extending methods. With feature-oriented decomposition, programs can be generated, solely on the basis of a user's selection of features, by the composition of the corresponding feature code. A key challenge of feature-oriented product line engineering is how to guarantee the correctness of an entire feature-oriented product line, i.e., of all of the member programs generated from different combinations of features.

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