Domain-Specific Modelling Using Mobile Devices

  • Diego Vaquero-Melchor
  • Antonio Garmendia
  • Esther GuerraEmail author
  • Juan de Lara
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 743)


Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) are languages tailored for a specific application area, like logistics, networking or mobile app design. They capture the main primitives and abstractions within a domain, which permits modelling systems and problems within that domain in a succinct and natural way. DSLs are heavily used in software development paradigms like Model-Driven Engineering, and they are also a means to enable end-users to perform simple programming tasks in particular domains.

Traditionally, modelling using DSLs has been supported by desktop computers in static settings that neglect the surrounding contextual information. Instead, we claim that DSLs can also be very useful in a dynamic setting where they can profit from mobility and context. Therefore, in this paper, we identify several scenarios where modelling using mobile devices – like smartphones or tablets – is useful. We also propose an architecture and a tool, called DSL-comet, which enables mobile modelling using graphical DSLs, and supports seamless integration of desktop and mobile graphical modelling environments.


Model-Driven Engineering Domain-Specific Languages Graphical modelling languages Context Mobile devices DSL-comet 



This work was supported by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitivity (TIN2014-52129-R), and the R&D programme of the Madrid Region (S2013/ICE-3006).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diego Vaquero-Melchor
    • 1
  • Antonio Garmendia
    • 1
  • Esther Guerra
    • 1
    Email author
  • Juan de Lara
    • 1
  1. 1.Modelling and Software Engineering Group, Computer Science DepartmentUniversidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain

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