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?
Features Module can help you export nodes, content types and almost any kind of entity. But if you want to export things like a settings value (eg: login settings) then you need strongarm to export these variables.
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.