Easy Model-Driven Development of Multimedia User Interfaces with GuiBuilder

  • Stefan Sauer
  • Gregor Engels
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4554)

Abstract

GUI builder tools are widely used in practice to develop the user interface of software systems. Typically they are visual programming tools that support direct-manipulative assembling of the user interface components. We have developed the tool GuiBuilder which follows a model-driven approach to the development of graphical (multimedia) user interfaces. This allows a meta-design approach where user interface developers as well as prospective users of the system are supported in modelling the desired functionality of the GUI on a high level of abstraction that is easy to understand for all involved stakeholders. The model consists of compositional presentation diagrams to model the structure of the user interface and hierarchical statechart diagrams to model its behaviour. GuiBuilder then supports the transformation of the model to Java, i.e., the generation of a working user interface and the simulation of the modelled behaviour. Interactive sessions with the user interface can be recorded and replayed.

Keywords

Model-driven development meta-design user interface prototype generation capture-replay 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefan Sauer
    • 1
  • Gregor Engels
    • 1
  1. 1.s-lab – Software Quality Lab, University of Paderborn, Warburger Str. 100, D-33098 PaderbornGermany

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