Model Transformation Reuse Across Metamodels

A Classification and Comparison of Approaches
  • Jean-Michel Bruel
  • Benoit Combemale
  • Esther GuerraEmail author
  • Jean-Marc Jézéquel
  • Jörg Kienzle
  • Juan de Lara
  • Gunter Mussbacher
  • Eugene Syriani
  • Hans Vangheluwe
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10888)


Model transformations (MTs) are essential elements of model-driven engineering (MDE) solutions. MDE promotes the creation of domain-specific metamodels, but without proper reuse mechanisms, MTs need to be developed from scratch for each new metamodel. In this paper, we classify reuse approaches for MTs across different metamodels and compare a sample of specific approaches – model types, concepts, a-posteriori typing, multilevel modeling, and design patterns for MTs – with the help of a feature model developed for this purpose, as well as a common example. We discuss strengths and weaknesses of each approach, provide a reading grid used to compare their features, and identify gaps in current reuse approaches.


Model transformation Reuse Classification Feature model Model types Concepts A-posteriori typing Multilevel modeling Transformation design patterns 



Work partially supported by the Spanish MINECO (TIN2014-52129-R), the R&D programme of the Madrid Region (S2013/ICE-3006), the Safran/Inria/CNRS collaboration GLOSE, and the Inria/CWI Associated Team ALE.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Michel Bruel
    • 1
  • Benoit Combemale
    • 1
  • Esther Guerra
    • 2
    Email author
  • Jean-Marc Jézéquel
    • 3
  • Jörg Kienzle
    • 4
  • Juan de Lara
    • 2
  • Gunter Mussbacher
    • 4
  • Eugene Syriani
    • 5
  • Hans Vangheluwe
    • 4
    • 6
  1. 1.University of Toulouse, IRITToulouseFrance
  2. 2.Universidad Autónoma de MadridMadridSpain
  3. 3.Univ Rennes, Inria, CNRS, IRISARennesFrance
  4. 4.McGill UniversityQuebecCanada
  5. 5.Université de MontréalMontréalCanada
  6. 6.University of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium

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