Virtual separation of concerns: toward preprocessors 2.0

@article{Kstner2010VirtualSO,
  title={Virtual separation of concerns: toward preprocessors 2.0},
  author={Christian K{\"a}stner},
  journal={it - Information Technology},
  year={2010},
  volume={54},
  pages={42-46}
}
Conditional compilation with preprocessors like cpp is a simple but effective means to implement variability. By annotating code fragments with #ifdef and #endif directives, different program variants with or without these fragments can be created, which can be used (among others) to implement software product lines. Although, preproces-sors are frequently used in practice, they are often criticized for their negative effect on code quality and maintainability. We show how simple tool support… CONTINUE READING
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