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A Call for Removing Variability

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Mathieu Acher
Luc Lesoil
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Olivier Zendra

Abstract

Software variability is largely accepted and explored in software engineering and seems to have become a norm and a must, if only in the context of product lines. Yet, the removal of superfluous or unneeded software artefacts and functionalities is an inevitable trend. It is frequently investigated in relation to software bloat. This paper is essentially a call to the community on software variability to devise methods and tools that will facilitate the removal of unneeded variability from software systems. The advantages are expected to be numerous in terms of functional and non-functional properties, such as maintainability (lower complexity), security (smaller attack surface), reliability, and performance (smaller binaries).
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hal-03882594 , version 1 (02-12-2022)

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Mathieu Acher, Luc Lesoil, Georges Aaron Randrianaina, Xhevahire Tërnava, Olivier Zendra. A Call for Removing Variability. 17th International Working Conference on Variability Modelling of Software-Intensive Systems (VaMoS 2023), Jan 2023, Odense, Denmark. ⟨hal-03882594⟩
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