Industrialization of Research Tools: the ATL Case

Hugo Bruneliere 1 Jordi Cabot 1 Frédéric Jouault 1 Massimo Tisi 1 Jean Bézivin 1, 2
1 ATLANMOD - Modeling Technologies for Software Production, Operation, and Evolution
LINA - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Nantes Atlantique, Département informatique - EMN, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique
Abstract : Research groups develop plenty of tools aimed at solving real industrial problems. Unfortunately, most of these tools remain as simple proof-of-concept tools that companies consider too risky to use due to their lack of proper user interface, documentation, completeness, support, etc that companies expect from commercial-quality level tools. Based on our tool development experience in the AtlanMod research team, specially regarding the evolution of our ATL model transformation tool, we argue in this paper that the best solution for research teams aiming to create high-quality and widely-used tools is to industrialize their research prototypes through a partnership with a technology provider.
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Hugo Bruneliere, Jordi Cabot, Frédéric Jouault, Massimo Tisi, Jean Bézivin. Industrialization of Research Tools: the ATL Case. Third International Workshop on Academic Software Development Tools and Techniques - WASDeTT-3 (co-located with the 25th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering - ASE'2010), Sep 2010, Antwerp, Belgium. ⟨hal-00539173⟩

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