Evaluation of Rule-based Modularization in Model Transformation Languages illustrated with ATL


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Kurtev, Ivan and Berg, Klaas van den and Jouault, Frédéric (2006) Evaluation of Rule-based Modularization in Model Transformation Languages illustrated with ATL. In: 21st Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2006, 23-27 April 2006, Bourgogne University, Dijon, France (pp. pp. 1202-1209).

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Abstract:This paper studies ways for modularizing transformation definitions in current rule-based model transformation languages. Two scenarios are shown in which the modular units are identified on the base of the relations between source and target metamodels and on the base of generic transformation functionality. Both scenarios justify modularization by requiring adaptability and reusability in transformation definitions. To enable representation and composition of the identified units, a transformation language must provide proper modular constructs and mechanisms for their integration. We evaluate several implementations of the scenarios by applying different transformation techniques: usage of explicit and implicit rule calls, and usage of rule inheritance. ATLAS Transformation Language (ATL) is used to illustrate these implementations. The experience with these scenarios shows that current languages provide a reasonably full set of modular constructs but may have problems in handling some composition tasks.
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Additional information:Categories and Subject Descriptors D.3.2 [Language Classifications]: Specialized Application Languages – model transformation languages. D.3.3 [Programming Languages]: Language Constructs and Features – modules, packages. D.2.13 [Reusable Software]: Reusable Libraries; Design, Languages
Copyright:© 2006 ACM
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Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science (EEMCS)
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Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/publications/63912
Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1141277.1141563
Conference URL:http://www.acm.org/conferences/sac/sac2006/
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