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A framework for efficient model transformations

Author(s): Gomes, Cláudio Ângelo Gonçalves

Date: 2013

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Origin: Repositório Institucional da UNL

Subject(s): Model transformations; DSL; Language design; Pattern matching; Model transformation optimization; Model-driven development


The reported productivity gains while using models and model transformations to develop entire systems, after almost a decade of experience applying model-driven approaches for system development, are already undeniable benefits of this approach. However, the slowness of higher-level, rule based model transformation languages hinders the applicability of this approach to industrial scales. Lower-level, and efficient, languages can be used but productivity and easy maintenance seize to exist. The abstraction penalty problem is not new, it also exists for high-level, object oriented languages but everyone is using them now. Why is not everyone using rule based model transformation languages then? In this thesis, we propose a framework, comprised of a language and its respective environment, designed to tackle the most performance critical operation of high-level model transformation languages: the pattern matching. This framework shows that it is possible to mitigate the performance penalty while still using high-level model transformation languages.

Document Type Master thesis
Language English
Advisor(s) Amaral, Vasco; Barroca, Bruno
Contributor(s) Gomes, Cláudio Ângelo Gonçalves
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