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Generating domain-specific visual language tools from abstract visual specification.


Grundy, John C. and Hosking, John and Li, Karen Na and Mohd Ali, Norhayati and Huh, Jun and Li, Richard Lei (2013) Generating domain-specific visual language tools from abstract visual specification. IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering, 39 (4). pp. 487-515. ISSN 0098-5589


Domain-specific visual languages support high-level modeling for a wide range of application domains. However, building tools to support such languages is very challenging. We describe a set of key conceptual requirements for such tools and our approach to addressing these requirements, a set of visual language-based meta tools. These support definition of meta models, visual notations, views, modeling behaviors, design critics, and model transformations and provide a platform to realize target visual modeling tools.Extensions support collaborative work, human-centric tool interaction, and multi platform deployment. We illustrate application of the meta tool set on tools developed with our approach. We describe tool developer and cognitive evaluations of our platform and our exemplar tools, and summarize key future research directions.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1109/TSE.2012.33
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Keywords: Metatool; Domain-specific visual language; Software tool; Model driven engineering.
Depositing User: Nida Hidayati Ghazali
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2014 02:18
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2015 07:42
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/30566
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