Achieving Rule Interoperability Using Chains of Model Transformations
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- Del Fabro M.D., Albert P., Bézivin J., Jouault F. (2009) Achieving Rule Interoperability Using Chains of Model Transformations. In: Paige R.F. (eds) Theory and Practice of Model Transformations. ICMT 2009. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 5563. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
Model Driven Engineering (MDE) is rapidly maturing and is being deployed in several situations. We report here on an experiment conducted in the context of ILOG, a leader in the development of Business Rule Management Systems (BRMS). BRMSs aim at enabling business users automating their business policies. There is a growing number of BRMS supporting different languages, but also a lack of tools for bridging them. In this paper, we present an approach based on MDE techniques for bridging rule languages; the solution has been fully implemented and tested on different BRMS. The success of the experiment has led to the development and chaining of a significant number of model transformations – no less than twenty. At the same time, this deployment has shown new problems arising from the management of a high number of artifacts. We discuss the positive assessment of MDE in this field, but also the need to address the complexity generated.
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