A Relational Approach to Defining Transformations in a Metamodel

Akehurst, David H. and Kent, Stuart (2002) A Relational Approach to Defining Transformations in a Metamodel. In: UML 2002 - The Unified Modeling Language: Model Engineeing, Concepts, and Tools, September 30- October 4, 2002, Dresden, Germany. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Metamodelling is becoming a standard way of defining languages such as the UML. A language definition distinguishes between concrete syntax, abstract syntax and semantics domain. It is possible to define all three using a metamodelling approach, but it is less clear how to define the transformations between them. This paper proposes an approach which uses metamodelling patterns that capture the essence of mathematical relations. It shows how these patterns can be used to define both the relationship between concrete syntax and abstract syntax, and between abstract syntax and semantics domain, for a fragment of UML. A goal of the approach is to provide a complete specification of a language from which intelligent tools can be generated. The extent to which the approach meets this goal is discussed in the paper.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Uncontrolled keywords: UML, metamodelling, metamodeling, metamodel, relations, transformation
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Computing > Systems Architecture Group
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2008 17:59
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2014 08:26
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/13716 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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