On the search for a level-agnostic modelling language

Henderson-Sellers, Brian, Clark, Tony and Gonzalez-Perez, Cesar (2013) On the search for a level-agnostic modelling language. In: Advanced Information Systems Engineering - 25th International Conference, CAiSE 2013, June 17-21, 2013, Valencia, Spain. . [Conference or Workshop Item]


The use of models is increasing in software engineering, especially within the MDE initiative. Models are usually communicated by visualizing them, typically using a graphical modelling language. The architecture commonly used to standardize a software engineering modelling language utilizes multiple levels despite the fact that the basic assumptions are only valid for a pair of levels. This has led several research groups to seek a means by which modelling languages can be created, and later standardized, without resorting to ‘fixes’ necessitated by the use of strict metamodelling and a multilevel hierarchy. Here, we describe a novel single-level approach based on ‘everything is an object’, which permits effective flattening of such a hierarchy, thus obviating all the paradoxical concerns in the literature over the last two decades.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer Science
Item ID: 14489
Depositing User: Tony Clark
Date Deposited: 20 Mar 2015 13:11
Last Modified: 30 May 2019 18:33
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/14489

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