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Model-Driven Software Evolution

An NWO/JACQUARD project.

Summary

The promise of model-driven engineering (MDE) is that the development and maintenance effort can be reduced by working at the model instead of the code level. Models define what is variable in a system, and code generators produce the functionality that is common in the application domain.

The problem with model-driven engineering is that it can lead to a lock-in in the abstractions and generator technology adopted at project initiation. Software systems need to evolve, and systems built using model-driven approaches are no exception. What complicates model-driven engineering is that it requires multiple dimensions of evolution. In regular evolution, the modeling language is used to make the changes. In meta-model evolution, changes are required to the modeling notation. In platform evolution, the code generators and application framework change to reflect new requirements on the target platform. Finally, in abstraction evolution, new modeling languages are added to the set of (modeling) languages to reflect increased understanding of a technical or business domain. While MDE has been optimized for regular evolution, presently little or no support exists for metamodel, platform and abstraction evolution. It is this gap that this project proposes to address.

The first fundamental premise of this proposal is that evolution should be a continuous process. Software development is a continuous search for recurring patterns, which can be captured using domain-specific modeling languages. After developing a number of systems using a particular meta-model, new patterns may be recognized that can be captured in a higher-level or richer meta-model. The second premise is that reengineering of legacy systems to the model-driven paradigm should be a special case of this continuous evolution, and should be performed incrementally.

The goal of this project is to develop a systematic approach to model-driven software evolution. This approach includes methods, techniques, and underlying tool support. We will develop a prototype programming environment that assists software engineers with the introduction, development, and maintenance of models and domain-specific languages.

Publications

This page lists publications resulting from the MoDSE project and some of our previous publications related to the project. See also the MoDSE publications in the department server.

Also available in pdf and bibtex.

2009


[1]  M. Bravenboer and E. Visser. Parse Table Composition. Separate Compilation and Binary Extensibility of Grammars. In D. Gasevic and E. van Wyk, editors, Software Language Engineering (SLE 2008), volume 5452 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 74--94, Heidelberg, March 2009. Springer. (doi, pdf, sle, bib).

[2]  Z. Hemel, D. M. Groenewegen, L. C. L. Kats, and E. Visser. Code Generation by Model Transformation. A Case Study in Transformation Modularity. Software and Systems Modeling, 2009. (accepted modulo minor revision) (bib).

[3]  L. C. L. Kats, M. de Jonge, E. Nilsson-Nyman, and E. Visser. Providing Rapid Feedback in Generated Modular Language Environments. Adding Error Recovery to Scannerless Generalized-LR Parsing. In G. T. Leavens, editor, Proceedings of the 24th ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object-Oriented Programing, Systems, Languages, and Applications (OOPSLA 2009), ACM SIGPLAN Notices, New York, NY, USA, October 2009. ACM Press. (to appear) (oopsla, bib).

[4]  L. C. L. Kats, K. T. Kalleberg, and E. Visser. Domain-Specific Languages for Composable Editor Plugins. In T. Ekman and J. Vinju, editors, Proceedings of the Ninth Workshop on Language Descriptions, Tools, and Applications (LDTA 2009), Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science. Elsevier Science Publishers, April 2009. (bib).

[5]  A. M. Sloane, L. C. L. Kats, and E. Visser. A Pure Object-Oriented Embedding of Attribute Grammars. In T. Ekman and J. Vinju, editors, Proceedings of the Ninth Workshop on Language Descriptions, Tools, and Applications (LDTA 2009), Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science. Elsevier Science Publishers, April 2009. (to appear) (bib).

2008


[6]  M. Bravenboer and E. Visser. Designing Syntax Embeddings and Assimilations for Language Libraries. In H. Giese, editor, Models in Software Engineering. Workshops and Symposia at MoDELS 2007, volume 5002 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 34--46, Heidelberg, 2008. Springer. Selected paper from the Workshop on Language Engineering (ATEM 2007) (doi, pdf, bib).

[7]  G. de Geest, S. D. Vermolen, A. van Deursen, and E. Visser. Generating Version Convertors for Domain-Specific Languages. In A. Zaidman, M. D. Penta, and A. Hassan, editors, Proceedings 15th Working Conference on Reverse Engineering (WCRE 2008), pages 197--201. IEEE Press, October 2008. (wcre, bib).

[8]  D. M. Groenewegen, Z. Hemel, L. C. L. Kats, and E. Visser. WebDSL: A Domain-Specific Language for Dynamic Web Applications. In N. Mielke and O. Zimmermann, editors, Companion to the 23rd ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object-Oriented Programing, Systems, Languages, and Applications (OOPSLA 2008), pages 779--780, New York, NY, USA, October 2008. ACM. (poster) (doi, oopsla, bib).

[9]  D. M. Groenewegen, Z. Hemel, L. C. L. Kats, and E. Visser. When Frameworks Let You Down. Platform-Imposed Constraints on the Design and Evolution of Domain-Specific Languages. In J. Gray, J. Sprinkle, J.-P. Tolvanen, and M. Rossi, editors, Proceedings of the 8th OOPSLA Workshop on Domain Specific Modelling (DSM'08), pages 64--66, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, October 2008. (dsm, bib).

[10]  D. M. Groenewegen and E. Visser. Declarative Access Control for WebDSL: Combining Language Integration and Separation of Concerns. In D. Schwabe and F. Curbera, editors, Eighth International Conference on Web Engineering (ICWE 2008), pages 175--188. IEEE CS Press, July 2008. best paper award (doi, pdf, icwe, bib).

[11]  Z. Hemel, L. C. L. Kats, and E. Visser. Code Generation by Model Transformation. A Case Study in Transformation Modularity. In J. Gray, A. Pierantonio, and A. Vallecillo, editors, Theory and Practice of Model Transformations. First International Conference on Model Transformation (ICMT 2008), volume 5063 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 183--198, Heidelberg, July 2008. Springer. (doi, pdf, icmt, bib).

[12]  Z. Hemel, R. Verhaaf, and E. Visser. WebWorkFlow: An Object-Oriented Workflow Modeling Language for Web Applications. In K. Czarnecki, I. Ober, J.-M. Bruel, A. Uhl, and M. Völter, editors, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS 2008), volume 5301 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 113--127, Heidelberg, September 2008. Springer. (doi, pdf, models, bib).

[13]  K. T. Kalleberg and E. Visser. Fusing a Transformation Language with an Open Compiler. In A. Sloane and A. Johnstone, editors, Proceedings of the Seventh Workshop on Language Descriptions, Tools, and Applications (LDTA 2007), volume 203 of Electronic Notes in Theoretical Computer Science, pages 21--36. Elsevier, April 2008. (doi, pdf, ldta, bib).

[14]  L. C. L. Kats, M. Bravenboer, and E. Visser. Mixing Source and Bytecode. A Case for Compilation by Normalization. In G. Kiczales, editor, Proceedings of the 23rd ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object-Oriented Programing, Systems, Languages, and Applications (OOPSLA 2008), pages 91--108, New York, NY, USA, October 2008. ACM. (doi, pdf, oopsla, bib).

[15]  L. C. L. Kats, K. T. Kalleberg, and E. Visser. Generating Editors for Embedded Languages. Integrating SGLR into IMP. In A. Johnstone and J. Vinju, editors, Proceedings of the Eighth Workshop on Language Descriptions, Tools, and Applications (LDTA 2008), Budapest, Hungary, April 2008. (pdf, ldta, bib).

[16]  S. D. Vermolen and E. Visser. Heterogeneous Coupled Evolution of Software Languages. In K. Czarnecki, I. Ober, J.-M. Bruel, A. Uhl, and M. Völter, editors, Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems (MODELS 2008), volume 5301 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 630--644, Heidelberg, September 2008. Springer. (doi, models, bib).

[17]  E. Visser. WebDSL: A Case Study in Domain-Specific Language Engineering. In R. Lämmel, J. Visser, and J. Saraiva, editors, International Summer School on Generative and Transformational Techniques in Software Engineering (GTTSE 2007), volume 5235 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 291--373, Heidelberg, October 2008. Springer. (doi, pdf, blog, bib).

2007


[18]  K. T. Kalleberg and E. Visser. Spoofax: An Interactive Development Environment for Program Transformation with Stratego/XT. In A. Sloane and A. Johnstone, editors, Proceedings of the Seventh Workshop on Language Descriptions, Tools, and Applications (LDTA 2007), pages 47--50, Braga, Portugal, March 2007. (pdf, ldta, bib).

[19]  A. van Deursen, E. Visser, and J. Warmer. Model-Driven Software Evolution: A Research Agenda. In D. Tamzalit, editor, CSMR Workshop on Model-Driven Software Evolution (MoDSE 2007), pages 41--49, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 2007. (pdf, bib).

2006


[20]  D. Doyle, H. Geers, B. Graaf, and A. van Deursen. Migrating a Domain-Specific Modeling Language to MDA Technology. In J. M. Favre, D. Gasevic, R. Lammel, and A. Winter, editors, Proceedings of the 3rd International Workshop on Metamodels, Schemas, Grammars, and Ontologies for Reverse Engineering (ateM 2006), number 1, pages 47--54. Johannes Gutenberg-Universitat Mainz, 2006. Informatik Bericht (bib).

[21]  T. Reus, H. Geers, and A. van Deursen. Harvesting Software Systems for MDA-Based Reengineering. In A. Rensink and J. Warmer, editors, European Conference on Model Driven Architectures: Foundations and Applications, volume 4066 of Lecture Notes in Computer Science, pages 213--225. Springer-Verlag, 2006. (bib).

2004


[22]  M. Bravenboer and E. Visser. Concrete Syntax for Objects. Domain-Specific Language Embedding and Assimilation without Restrictions. In D. C. Schmidt, editor, Proceedings of the 19th ACM SIGPLAN Conference on Object-Oriented Programing, Systems, Languages, and Applications (OOPSLA 2004), pages 365--383, Vancouver, Canada, October 2004. ACM Press. (doi, acm, info, pdf, bib).

This bibliography was generated using the Stratego/XT bibtex-tools.
This document was translated from LATEX by HEVEA.




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