On Lightweight Metamodel Extension to Support Modeling Tools Agility

Hugo Bruneliere 1, 2, * Jokin Garcia 1, 2 Philippe Desfray 3 Djamel Eddine Khelladi 4 Regina Hebig 4 Reda Bendraou 4 Jordi Cabot 1, 2
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2 ATLANMOD - Modeling Technologies for Software Production, Operation, and Evolution
LINA - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Nantes Atlantique, Département informatique - EMN, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique
4 MoVe - Modélisation et Vérification
LIP6 - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Paris 6
Abstract : Modeling in real industrial projects implies dealing with different models , metamodels and supporting tools. They continuously have to be adapted to changing requirements, involving (often costly) problems in terms of traceability, coherence or interoperability. To this intent, solutions ensuring a better adaptability and flexibility of modeling tools are needed. As metamodels are cornerstones in such tools, metamodel extension capabilities are fundamental. However , current modeling frameworks are not flexible or dynamic enough. Thus, following the ongoing OMG MOF Extension Facility (MEF) RFP, this paper proposes a generic lightweight metamodel extension mechanism developed as part of the MoNoGe collaborative project. A base list of metamodel extension operators as well as a DSL for easily using them are introduced. Two different implementations of this extension mechanism (including a model-level support when (un)applying metamodel extensions) are also described, respectively based on Eclipse/EMF and the Modelio modeling environment.
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Hugo Bruneliere, Jokin Garcia, Philippe Desfray, Djamel Eddine Khelladi, Regina Hebig, et al.. On Lightweight Metamodel Extension to Support Modeling Tools Agility. 11th European Conference on Modelling Foundations and Applications (ECMFA 2015) (a STAF 2015 conference), Jul 2015, L'Aquila, Italy. pp.62-74, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-21151-0_5⟩. ⟨hal-01146802⟩

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