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Generating domain-specific visual language tools from abstract visual specifications

Grundy, John C., Hosking, John, Li, Karen Na, Ali, Norhayati Mohd, Huh, Jun and Li, Richard Lei 2013, Generating domain-specific visual language tools from abstract visual specifications, IEEE transactions on software engineering, vol. 39, no. 4, pp. 487-515, doi: 10.1109/TSE.2012.33.

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Title Generating domain-specific visual language tools from abstract visual specifications
Author(s) Grundy, John C.ORCID iD for Grundy, John C.
Hosking, John
Li, Karen Na
Ali, Norhayati Mohd
Huh, Jun
Li, Richard Lei
Journal name IEEE transactions on software engineering
Volume number 39
Issue number 4
Start page 487
End page 515
Total pages 29
Publisher IEEE
Place of publication Piscataway, N.J.
Publication date 2013-04
ISSN 0098-5589
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Computer Science, Software Engineering
Engineering, Electrical & Electronic
Computer Science
domain-specific visual language
software tool
visual specification
model-driven engineering
Summary 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 metatools. These support definition of metamodels, 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 multiplatform deployment. We illustrate application of the metatoolset 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1109/TSE.2012.33
Field of Research 080309 Software Engineering
0806 Information Systems
Socio Economic Objective 890202 Application Tools and System Utilities
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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