Big Metamodels Are Evil

Package Unmerge – A Technique for Downsizing Metamodels
  • Frédéric Fondement
  • Pierre-Alain Muller
  • Laurent Thiry
  • Brice Wittmann
  • Germain Forestier
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8107)


While reuse is typically considered a good practice, it may also lead to keeping irrelevant concerns in derived elements. For instance, new metamodels are usually built upon existing metamodels using additive techniques such as profiling and package merge. With such additive techniques, new metamodels tend to become bigger and bigger, which leads to harmful overheads of complexity for both tool builders and users. In this paper, we introduce ≪ package unmerge≫ - a proposal for a subtractive relation between packages - which complements existing metamodel-extension techniques.


Unify Modeling Language Model Transformation Object Management Group Unify Modeling Language Model Model Drive Engineering 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Frédéric Fondement
    • 1
  • Pierre-Alain Muller
    • 1
  • Laurent Thiry
    • 1
  • Brice Wittmann
    • 1
  • Germain Forestier
    • 1
  1. 1.MIPSUniversité de Haute AlsaceMulhouse cedexFrance

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