On model typing
Steel, Jim & Jézéquel, Jean-Marc (2007) On model typing. Software & Systems Modeling, 6(4), pp. 401-413.
Where object-oriented languages deal with
objects as described by classes, model-driven development uses models, as graphs of interconnected objects,
described by metamodels. A number of new languages
have been and continue to be developed for this model-
based paradigm, both for model transformation and for
general programming using models. Many of these use
single-object approaches to typing, derived from solutions found in object-oriented systems, while others use
metamodels as model types, but without a clear notion
of polymorphism. Both of these approaches lead to brittle and overly restrictive reuse characteristics. In this
paper we propose a simple extension to object-oriented
typing to better cater for a model-oriented context, including a simple strategy for typing models as a collection of interconnected objects. We suggest extensions to
existing type system formalisms to support these concepts and their manipulation. Using a simple example
we show how this extended approach permits more flexible reuse, while preserving type safety.
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|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Keywords:||Metamodelling, Type Systems, Typing, Model Transformation, Model-Driven Architecture, Meta-Object Facility|
|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 Built Environment and Engineering|
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2007 Springer|
|Copyright Statement:||The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com|
|Deposited On:||06 Oct 2010 07:37|
|Last Modified:||29 Feb 2012 23:57|
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