Example-based generation of graphical modelling environments
EntityUAM. Departamento de Ingeniería Informática
10.1007/978-3-319-42061-5_7Modelling Foundations and Applications: 12th European Conference, ECMFA 2016, Held as Part of STAF 2016, Vienna, Austria, July 6-7, 2016, Proceedings. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volumen 9764. Springer, 2016. 101 - 117
Funded byWork supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity (TIN2014-52129-R), the Madrid Region (S2013/ICE-3006), and the EU Commission (FP7-ICT-2013-10, #611125).
ProjectGobierno de España. TIN2014-52129-R; Comunidad de Madrid. S2013/ICE-3006/SICOMORO; info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/EC/FP7/611125
SubjectsDomain-specific modelling languages; Example-based meta-modelling; Flexible modeling; Graphical modeling environments; Informática
NoteThe final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-42061-5_7
Rights© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2016
Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) present numerous benefits like powerful domain-specific primitives, an intuitive syntax for domain experts, and the possibility of advanced code generation for narrow domains. While a graphical syntax is sometimes desired for a DSL, constructing graphical modelling environments is a costly and highly technical task. This relegates domain experts to play a passive role in their development and hinders a wider adoption of graphical DSLs. Targeting a simpler DSL construction process, we propose an example based technique for the automatic generation of modelling environments for graphical DSLs. This way, starting from examples of the DSL likely provided by domain experts using drawing tools like yED, our system is able to synthesize a graphical modelling environment that mimics the syntax of the provided examples. This includes a meta-model for the abstract syntax of the DSL, and a graphical concrete syntax supporting spatial relationships like containment or attachment. The system is implemented as an Eclipse plugin, and we demonstrate its usage on a running example in the home networking domain.
Google Scholar:López-Fernández, Jesús J. - Garmendia Jorge, Antonio - Guerra Sánchez, Esther - Lara Jaramillo, Juan de
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