During the 12 years Steve spent away from Apple, he brought to market a number of software technologies and paradigms that are at the foundation of modern computing, languages and software engineering practices. At InfoQ, we would like to pay our tribute to Steve through a lesser known, but nonetheless probably as significant contribution to our lives.
As announced on 18th August 2011, the Irish Software Engineering Research Center (Lero) has signed a €300.000 contract for a research project with the European Space Agency (ESA). Goal of the research activities is to provide a solution framework for future space missions.
The International Software Product Line Conference (SPLC) is the most important event that covers the full range of Product Line Engineering in software-intensive products. Its 15th incarnation will take place in the Munich City Center from August 21st to August 26th.
Keeping up-to-date with software architecture can be a tough endeavor. Information is normally available within thick books or somewhere hidden in the Web. Another more entertaining way can be to watch clips available at video sites such as YouTube and Vimeo.
Jan Koehnlein, a core committer of the Xtext project, introduces how Xbase can be used to declaratively create graphical views of a given model, which is otherwise achieved by a hard-wired transformation between the model and its graphical representation.
Machiel van der Bijl from the University of Twente in the Netherlands recently introduced a Model-based testing approach which is supposed to automate software testing.
Colm is new a programming language designed for the analysis and transformation of computer languages. Colm's main contribution lies in the parsing method. Colm was designed by Adrian Thurston, as part of his Ph.D. work.
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.
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 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.
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.
The latest version of Java based model-driven development framework OpenXava supports JPA 2.0 and Dependency Injection. OpenXava version 4.0 also includes improvements in Groovy support to define the JPA entities.
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".
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.
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.