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Essential: a new Language Workbench

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  May 14, 2011 3

Pedro Molina has released the beta version of his new Language Workbench: Essential. Unlike other WLs, Essential is capable of interpreting the model definition, making it faster and easier to design and re-factor model driven solutions.

Model Driven Development and Domain Specific Language Best Practices

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Mar 28, 2011 7

Markus Voelter has published an update to his 2008 "MDD and DSL Best Practices" article. One of his core conclusions today is that "the distinction between modeling and programming goes away almost completely."

Obeo Releases Obeo Designer 5.0

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Mar 18, 2011

Obeo Designer enables business analysts and enterprise or solution architects to create their own modeling tools including domain specific notations or code generators. Code generation is handled by Acceleo, an Open-Source code generation environment based on a pragmatic vision of MDA, hosted by the Eclipse Foundation.

Language Workbench Competition 2011 Submissions

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Mar 01, 2011 4

The submission period to the LWC 2011 closed yesterday registering 11 participants. Model Driven Software Development (MDSD) is experiencing a rapid growth due to the emergence of "Language Workbenches" which allow the development of dedicated programming languages from which general purpose programming language code can be generated. InfoQ spoke with one of the organizers of LWC 2011.

Four Decades of Software Engineering, are Changes Coming?

by jean-Jacques Dubray on  Nov 16, 2010 20

Jean Bezivin retraces the path that lead to our current software engineering practices and explore new avenues for the coming decade as, he notes, "there are some indications that we are currently crossing some new frontiers in technology and practices".

Model-Driven Development: Where are the Successes?

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Sep 21, 2010 22

Jon Whittle presented last week at the SPLC 2010 keynote, some findings on experiences from using model-based development. He reported that 83% of respondents to his survey "consider MDE a good thing". Yet, the industry is still looking for how to create successful Model-Driven approaches.

Using Eclipse Xtext to Simplify Mobile Application Development

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Aug 10, 2010 4

Daniel Schneller illustrates how his team used Xtext to create a textual-DSL that models the navigation paths of mobile applications and generate Java code from it. He provides a step by step tutorial and discusses the advantages of such an approach.

Microsoft Drops Quadrant

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Aug 08, 2010 5

Mary Jo Foley is reporting that Microsoft is dropping Quadrant and is revising its plans for its M data-modeling language.

MoDisco: A Model-Driven Software Modernization Framework

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  Jul 27, 2010 2

Software Modernization is an acute problem for most IT organizations. MoDisco is a joint project between MIA Software and the AtlanMod Research Team which is offering a model driven solution. Jordi Cabot and his colleagues wrote a two page introduction on this Eclipse project.

Article: Metamodel Oriented Programming

by Jean-Jacques Dubray on  May 27, 2009 6

In this article, Jean-Jacques Dubray questions the belief that code and models are two separate worlds. He presents a unified view of Model Driven Engineering, Architecture and Programming models based on a novel approach to specify execution element semantics in DSLs.

Article: Staying Safe and Sound Thanks to MDSD

by Abel Avram on  Feb 25, 2009 4

In this article, Andreas Kaltenbach explains how Model-Driven Software Development (MSDS) can help solving backward compatibility problems when creating a newer version of a software which can mean a new API or a new database schema that old clients cannot use. MSDS is used to negotiate the differences between versions to ease the upgrading process.

Skyway Builder Community Edition Supports Code Generation For Spring Applications

by Srini Penchikala on  Feb 23, 2009

The latest version of Skyway Builder Community Edition (CE) offers an open-source code generation framework for Spring based web applications. The community edition can be used to generate the code required in data, service and web layers of a Spring application. Skyway Software recently announced the general availability (GA) of Skyway Builder 6.1 version.

Presentation: Convergence: Model-Based Software, Systems And Control Engineering

by Abel Avram on  Feb 06, 2009

In this presentation filmed during OOPSLA 2008, Janos Sztipanovits attempts to tackle the complexity of large scale systems integration. Software, systems and control engineering converge in such systems, raising the integration challenges and demanding a new approach to model-based design.

JetBrains Meta Programming System Supports Language Oriented Programming and DSLs

by Srini Penchikala on  Dec 30, 2008 3

Meta Programming System (MPS), a new Language Oriented Programming tool from JetBrains, allows the developers to extend programming languages as well as create Domain Specific Languages (DSLs) for enterprise applications. JetBrains development team recently announced the release of beta version of MPS software.

Rapid Application Development using Naked Objects for .NET

by Jonathan Allen on  Dec 23, 2008 22

Richard Pawson of Naked Objects offers brief history of the framework and introduction to Naked Objects for .NET. Naked objects can be seen as Domain Driven Design taken to the extreme. With proper annotation, this framework can automatically generate a matching presentation layer in Java or .NET.

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