DPF Workbench: A Diagrammatic Multi-Layer Domain Specific (Meta-)Modelling Environment

  • Yngve LamoEmail author
  • Xiaoliang Wang
  • Florian Mantz
  • Wendy MacCaull
  • Adrian Rutle
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 429)


This paper presents the DPFWorkbench, a diagrammatic tool for domain specific modelling. The tool is an implementation of the basic ideas from the Diagram Predicate Framework (DPF), which provides a graph based formalisation of (meta)modelling and model transformations. The DPFWorkbench consists of a specification editor and a signature editor and offers fully diagrammatic specification of domain-specific modelling languages. The specification editor supports development of metamodelling hierarchies with an arbitrary number of metalevels; that is, each model can be used as a metamodel for the level below. The workbench also facilitates the automatic generation of domain-specific specification editors out of these metamodels. Furthermore, the conformance relations between adjacent metalevels are dynamically checked by the use of typing morphisms and constraint validators. The signature editor is a new component that extends the DPF Workbench with functionality for dynamic definition of predicates. The syntax of the predicates are defined by a shape graph and a graphical icon, and their semantics are defined by validators. Those predicates are used to add constrains on the underlying graph. The features of the DPF Workbench are illustrated by a running example presenting a metamodelling hierarchy for workflow modelling in the health care domain.


Object Constraint Language Object Management Group Concrete Syntax Eclipse Modelling Framework Graph Homomorphism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yngve Lamo
    • 1
    Email author
  • Xiaoliang Wang
    • 1
  • Florian Mantz
    • 1
  • Wendy MacCaull
    • 2
  • Adrian Rutle
    • 2
  1. 1.Bergen University CollegeBergenNorway
  2. 2.St. Francis Xavier UniversityAntigonishCanada

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