Constructing and Visualizing Transformation Chains

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Abstract

Model transformations can be defined by a chain or network of sub-transformations, each fulfilling a specific task. Many intermediate models, possibly accompanied by traceability models, are thus generated before reaching the final target(s). There is a need for tools that assist the developer in managing and interpreting this growing amount of MDD artifacts. In this paper we first discuss how a transformation chain can be modeled and executed in a transformation language independent way. We then explore how the available traceability information can be used to generate suitable diagrams for all intermediate and final models. We also propose a technique to visualize all the diagrams along with their traceability information in a single view by using a 3D diagram editor. Finally, we present an example transformation chain that has been modeled, executed and visualized using our tools.