A Systematic Approach to Designing Model Transformations

Design and implementation of model transformations are one key prerequisite for the vision of model-driven development to become true. However, model transformations are quite different from other software artifacts since a model transformation design typically consists of a set of transformation rules instead of object-oriented models such as class diagrams and state charts. Therefore traditional software engineering approaches are not directly applicable for the development of model transformations. Nevertheless, in the line of existing software engineering practice, model transformations must be developed in a systematic way in order to ensure their quality. In this paper, we present a systematic method for designing model transformations, based on a case study experience. In our approach, the developer initially produces high-level transformation rules and then refines these to a complete low-level transformation design according to detailed guidelines. Following our method allows a systematic and iterative development of model transformations, resulting in quality implementations.

By: Jochen M. Kuester; Ksenia Ryndina; Rainer F. Hauser

Published in: RZ3621 in 2005


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