Concepts for Comparing Modeling Tool Architectures

  • Colin Atkinson
  • Thomas Kühne
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 3713)


As model-driven development techniques grow in importance so do the capabilities and features of the tools that support them, especially tools that allow users to customize their modeling language. Superficially, many modeling tools seem to offer similar functionality, but under the surface there are important differences that can have an impact on tool builders and users depending on the tool architecture chosen. At present, however, there is no established conceptual framework for characterizing and comparing different tool architectures. In this paper we address this problem by first introducing a conceptual framework for capturing tool architectures, and then — using this framework — discuss the choices available to designers of tools. We then compare and contrast the main canonical architectures in use today.


User Model Logical Level Domain Specific Language Linguistic Dimension Language Definition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Colin Atkinson
    • 1
  • Thomas Kühne
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Mannheim 
  2. 2.Darmstadt University of Technology 

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