Model Synchronisation: Definitions for Round-Trip Engineering

Hettel, Thomas, Lawley, Michael J., & Raymond, Kerry (2008) Model Synchronisation: Definitions for Round-Trip Engineering. In ICMT2008 - International Conference on Model Transformation: Theory and Practice of Model Transformations, 1-2 July 2008, Zurich, Switzerland.

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In a model-centric software development environment, a multitude of different models are used to describe a software system on different abstraction layers and from different perspectives. Following the MDA vision, model transformation is used to support the gradual refinement from abstract models into more concrete models. However, target models do not stay untouched but may be changed due to maintenance work or evolution of the software. Therefore, in order to preserve a coherent description of the whole system, it is necessary to propagate certain changes to a target model back to the source model. However, as transformations in general are partial and not injective, they cannot be easily reversed to propagate changes. This paper presents a formal definition of round-trip engineering and the semantics of target changes in the context of partial and non-injective transformations.

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ID Code: 15331
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-69927-9_3
ISBN: 9783540699262
ISSN: 1611-3349
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > COMPUTER SOFTWARE (080300) > Software Engineering (080309)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Springer
Copyright Statement: This is the author-version of the work. Conference proceedings published, by Springer Verlag, will be available via SpringerLink. Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Deposited On: 27 Oct 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:46

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