Flexible and extensible notations for modeling languages

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In model-based development, a formal description of the software (the model) is the central artifact that drives other development activities. The availability of a modeling language well-suited for the system under development and appropriate tool support are of utmost importance to practitioners. Considering the diverse needs of different application domains, flexibility in the choice of modeling languages and tools may advance the industrial acceptance of formal methods. We describe a flexible modeling language framework by which language and tool developers may better meet the special needs of various users groups without incurring prohibitive costs. The framework is based on a modular and extensible implementation of languages features using attribute grammars and forwarding. We show a prototype implementation of such a framework by extending the host language Mini-Lustre, an example synchronous data-flow language, with a collection of features such as state transitions, condition tables, and events. We also show how new languages can be created in this framework by feature composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationFundamental Approaches to Software Engineering - 10th International Conference, FASE 2007. Held as Part of the Joint European Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software, ETAPS 2007, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)3540712887, 9783540712886
StatePublished - 2007
Event10th International Conference on Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering, FASE 2007 - Braga, Portugal
Duration: Mar 24 2007Apr 1 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume4422 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other10th International Conference on Fundamental Approaches to Software Engineering, FASE 2007


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