|Credits:||7.5 ECTS (=5.25 old credit points)|
|Period:||periode 2 (week 47 t/m 5, dwz 15-11-2004 t/m 4-2-2005; herkansing week 12)|
|Participants:||up till now 11 subscriptions|
|Schedule:||Dit is een oud rooster!
|Contents:||Managing the variability in software systems is rapidly becoming an
important factor in software development. Instead of developing and
deploying a ``fixed'' one-of-kind system, it is now common to develop
a family of systems whose members differ with respect to functionality
or technical facilities offered. As a simple example, consider a
software development environment that is delivered in a light,
professional, and enterprise version, each providing increasing
amounts of functionality. As another source for variability, modern
systems need to run on different computing platforms and provide a
user interface in different natural languages and possibly interaction
styles. Finally, systems typically offer extensive means for
configuration and customization during installation, startup, and
run-time. Again, this extends the space of actual systems of the
An important reason for explicitly introducing variability into a system is to obtain reuse of software. Building a separate system for each variant means that the overall development effort and time will increase, and that time to market will be seriously affected. In addition, having multiple systems with significant overlap among them seriously affects the programming and management effort needed in maintenance.
The realization of variability in systems can be achieved using a wide range of techniques. These techniques can be classified into generation of a specific system from a specification of its features, or configuration of a generic system in order to restrict it to the desired set of features.
In this seminar we will study the notion of variability in software systems and techniques for realization of variability, by reading and discussing key papers about the various aspects of variability management.
Participants are expected to read all papers before sessions and to give presentations about several of the papers.
|Literature:||Publications. Links to papers to be read will be made available on the website.|
|Course form:||This is a seminar in which participants read publications from the scientific literature and give presentations about these papers. The plan is to have two presentations per session and two sessions per week. In order to compare the various techniques students should try out the various techniques on representative (but scaled down) problems. The results of these experiments should be reported in a paper.|
|Exam form:||The grade for the seminar is based on the grades for the presentations (40%), your participation in the meetings (30%) and for the paper (30%).|
|Minimum effort to qualify for 2nd chance exam:||Om aan de aanvullende toets te mogen meedoen is ontbreken van ten hoogte 1 toetsactiviteit toegestaan.|
|Description:||See the course description at the course website for an overview of the topics to be discussed.|