I want to use features module. Can i use this module as stand alone and get it working or do i need help of modules like strongarm or context module. Will have have any added advantage if i user these modules along with features module ? Any good flow chart of how to use features module?
You can use Features without additional modules. In fact, the module page is quite clear about it. Quote:
Features also provides faux-exportable functionality for the following Drupal core and contrib components: - CCK fields - CCK fieldgroups - Content types - Input filters - User roles/permissions - Custom menus and menu links * - Taxonomy vocabularies * * Currently in development.
In other words, these things can be exported using features out-of-the-box. That said, I recommend installing Strongarm right away, because some of the things above are lined to variables that you will want to export as well. For instance, if you export a content type, you probably want to export its comment settings too.