MVCDC 2: Second Workshop on Managing Variabilities consistently in Design and Code - OOPSLA 2005


With the introduction of software product line approaches into the practice, variants and variability add a new dimension of complexity to the software development process. The combinatorial explosion of possible variants in systems with a high degree of variability requires improved and changed concepts for specifying, modeling, and implementing these systems to assure quality and functionality.

Current OO technologies and standardized design languages fall short in offering appropriate support for designing and implementing variabilities. Additionally the integration of design tools and implementation technologies concerning variants is still poor.

The main goal is to discuss and identify efficient ways for dealing with highly variable software systems on design and code level by evaluating existing approaches and new ideas from the research community and industrial practice.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • tools and processes for managing variants
  • modeling languages for capturing variants
  • code generation support
  • feature oriented development tools and technologies
  • languages for independent feature development and feature composition
  • AO approaches for independent feature development and feature composition
  • Integration of variant management into model driven software development techniques
  • Support for model to model and model to code transformations


  • Position Papers Due: Friday, August 26, 2005
  • Notification of Acceptance: Friday, September 9, 2005
  • Workshop: Thursday, October 20, 2005


The workshop is laid out as full day workshop. Instead of presenting the papers, each participant will be expected to review everyone else's paper before the workshop and complete the following two sentences for each:

  • What I really liked about this paper is ...
  • The most important question I would like to ask the author is ...

These answers are written down on index cards and will be collected before the workshop. During the workshop, we will spend the morning with questions and answers to gain deeper insight into the problem described in the paper. Before each paper session, the author will be permitted a 4 minute slot to very briefly present his paper/work. The workshop format in the afternoon will be utilizing the "Open Space" format in order to discuss topics of interest that might be, or might not be directly related to the papers presented in the morning.


Every interested person is invited to apply for attendance by sending a position paper to the organizers. The submission should be one to two pages describing the key ideas. Submissions will be reviewed by the organizers. The authors will be notified about acceptance before the early registration deadline.


  • Christa Schwanninger, Siemens AG
  • Danilo Beuche, pure systems
  • Krzysztof Czarnecki, University of Waterloo
  • Mira Mezini, Darmstadt University of Technology
  • Markus Völter, Independent Consultant
  • Rainer Burgstaller, Siemens AG


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