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Building Domain-Specific Modeling Languages for Frameworks

  • Matheus C. Viana
  • Rosângela A. D. Penteado
  • Antônio F. do Prado
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 141)

Abstract

Frameworks support application development improving productivity and quality. However, due to the number of hot stops to configure them, reusing frameworks may be a complex task which can make developers misuse them and insert defects in the application code. In order to reduce the complexity of this task, we propose increase its abstraction level by using Domain-Specific Modeling Languages (DSML) based on framework features to model and to generate applications that reuse these frameworks. In our approach, framework features and their hot spots are identified from an analysis of its source code and documentation, and then a DSML and a set of templates are constructed. With this DSML, applications reusing the framework can be modeled and generated, protecting developers from framework complexity and decreasing the time spent on the implementation. We illustrate our approach using GRENJ framework as example.

Keywords

Framework Feature Domain-specific modeling language Template Code generation 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We would like to thank the students of Computer Science Course of UFSCar for participating in our study. We also thank CAPES for financial support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matheus C. Viana
    • 1
  • Rosângela A. D. Penteado
    • 1
  • Antônio F. do Prado
    • 1
  1. 1.Computing DepartmentFederal University of São CarlosSão CarlosBrazil

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