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Domain Engineering: The Case for DSLs
(Summer School Course)

By: Mauricio Alférez

Motivation: In the last decade Model-Driven Development (MDD) has been progressively regarded as an interesting approach in different Domains by both industry and academic communities as a way to fight the accidental complexity in the process of developing systems, or modelling for the purpose of Simulation or understanding relations between Models. In opposition to the traditional opinion, Models as well as their representation in appropriate formalisms and Model Transformations are seen as construction tools instead of just documentation. Models are the essential artefact to abstract everything ("Model Everything", [Hans Vangheluwe]). On the one hand the industry lately has been reporting numerous examples where the use of MDD and the design of dedicated formalisms (Domain Specific Languages) for the purpose of Model specifications are success cases, especially in Software Product Lines. There is a wide range of application Domains: Interactive Systems, Real-Time Systems, Web 2.0 design, Business Architecture, Games, Industrial Automation, Hardware and Software Co-design, Mechatronics, Business Modelling, Requirements Engineering, or even Process Design. On the other hand, the academy has been investing in this emerging field by developing foundations, systematic approaches, tools and frameworks that support Simulation and Verification, Model Checking and Model-Based Testing to bring it to a mature stage. It has been difficult for practitioners, regular Software Engineers, to keep the pace of the evolution and be acquainted with this field. There is a wide set of tools and techniques available but no integrated vision of MDD. The community acknowledges the lack of forums to educate and present MDD in a comprehensive way. From the above said, the 1st International Summer School on Domain Specific Modelling - Theory and Practice drew together researchers, teachers, practitioners, and students (at MSc. or PhD. level) who intended to study or work with Domain Specific Modelling to learn principles and practice of its use in a friendly and convivial environment. My Talk: I was in charge of the topic: "Domain Engineering: The Case for DSLs". I introduced the theoretical topics of Domain Engineering, DSLs, Software Product Lines and DSLs Frameworks. More than a talk it was a hands-on tutorial were techniques and tools were explained and used. Also, I gave an overall picture both from the point of view of academy and industry of the most recent advances in the field of Domain Engineering and DSLs, highlighting the current research as well as discussing challenges and open issues. Organization: DSM-TP was organized by the Departamento de Informática at the Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia of Universidade Nova de Lisboa in cooperation with the Software Modelling and Verification - SMV group from the University of Geneva, Switzerland.


Date: 6 Sep 2010

Location/Event: Domain Specific Modelling Theory and Practice

url: http://http://ctp.di.fct.unl.pt/~va/DSM-TP/

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