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Ah - so I have a blog here already...

Well - waddaya know...

So I created this other blog to post this article on using MDSD techniques as an alternative to XML config files:
Xtext Spring Demo

Added by Antony Wilkins on August 7, 2009 at 1:30 — No Comments

MDSD Tooling Index - Cont'd

Well, works been bothering me (not really, but it takes up most of my time lately and I'm glad too), so the work on the index has been stalled for a few weeks already. I will likely not be able to pick up on this before early september. In the mean time, keep me posted on any ideas, suggestions and so on related to what I already announced in my previous blog entry.

Added by Angelo Hulshout on August 5, 2009 at 10:07 — No Comments

Book review of: Breaking the Time Barrier: The Temporal Engineering of Software

I wrote this book to make an impact on the quality of software and to get developers to think how the model starts with the specification and is integral to the application. Someone will capitalize on my work to produce a specification to application tool. That will be model driven software.

Here is another review.

Gordon Morrison


COSA provides the answer..., August 13, 2009

In 20 years of software development and… Continue

Added by Gordon Morrison on July 30, 2009 at 14:00 — 5 Comments

Xtext contest

itemis is starting a contest on devloping textual DSLs with Xtext. Show your creative skills and create the best DSL.

What can I win?

itemis offers some juicy prizes for the participants. The winners of the contest will be determined by the Xtext committers. In descending order each team or individual submitter behind the best submissions can choose one of the following prizes if it’s not picked by another competitor… Continue

Added by Karsten Thoms on July 14, 2009 at 4:06 — No Comments

Rose to Topcased transformation

Hi all,

At itemis, I’ve recently been working on a challenging prototype: the migration of Rational Rose UML models and diagrams to Topcased UML editor (

While open source (UML) solutions are becoming more and more trendy and mature, in particular in embedded systems area, technologies have still to prove their ability to adapt to existing legacy solutions. This is particularly true when trying to… Continue

Added by Yannick Lizzi on June 26, 2009 at 14:00 — 3 Comments

My first time at the code generation conference! Comments and food for thoughts...

Hi all!

It was my first time at the code generation conference and I must say it was a great experience! This is why I want to drop a few lines on the subject.

I am a very big believer of the model driven development approach. Actually, I have always been looking for and experimenting ways to improve software development productivity, quality and reusability in any form that would prove useful. And the picture I have in mind today is that MDSD and its derivatives are an… Continue

Added by Walter Almeida on June 25, 2009 at 17:40 — No Comments

Selecting a good text template engine for your M2T transformations

During the last week in Cambridge at Code Generation 2009, some colleagues and I we were discussing about the best suited template technology for doing code generation.

I positioned myself clearly stick to StringTemplate. In this blog post: Choosing a Template Engine for code generation I try to explain my reasons about this choice.

What is your experience about it?

Added by Pedro J. Molina on June 24, 2009 at 22:28 — No Comments

Impressions about Code Generation 2009

I just posted my impressions about our last meeting at Code Generation 2009.
And also the slides of my CG2009 session: Scaling MDD for production.

Added by Pedro J. Molina on June 20, 2009 at 9:58 — 4 Comments

MDSD tooling index

I'll be publishing a (monthly or bi-monthly) updated index of the most popular MDSD tools and technologies some time in the next two weeks. This is based on web results and a set of tools and technologies that I am aware of.

The initial (unranked) list will appear on my web site ( over the weekend. Please drop me an e-mail if you think a tool or technology that is not on that list should be… Continue

Added by Angelo Hulshout on June 20, 2009 at 8:30 — 10 Comments

Code Generation 2009 - Day 3

This third day at Code Generation is a short one for me - due to my flight schedule I will have to skip the closing panel.

However, it's been another useful day. The first session this morning was part 2 of Markus Völter and Steven Kelly's key note. A number of interesting observations regarding model decomposition, integration and partitioning where the main part, again interleaved with worst practise examples.

After the keynote, I joined the Xtext workshop, to get my first… Continue

Added by Angelo Hulshout on June 18, 2009 at 12:30 — No Comments

Impressions of Code Generation 2009

On Monday, Sven, Sebastian, Moritz, Jan and me traveled to Cambridge where the Code Generation Conference takes place each year. Arriving one day ahead we had enough time to acclimate with fish 'n chips and some ale at the local pubs before polishing our presentations.…


Added by Heiko Behrens on June 17, 2009 at 23:00 — 1 Comment

Code Generation 2009 - Day 2

Thanks to Karsten's post earlier today I won't have to worry about not having a camera with me that is decent enough to take pictures during the conference - instead, I'll focus on what I've seen today.

This morning, the first of two keynotes by the dynamic duo Blondie and Tuco, a.k.a. Markus Völter and Steven Kelly (you figure out who is who - in the movie Blondie is the good, Tuco the ugly). They took us on a lightning right through the essence of model driven development: the… Continue

Added by Angelo Hulshout on June 17, 2009 at 18:04 — 1 Comment

The code generation family celebrates at CG 2009

At the CodeGeneration 2009 conference it feels like having a family come-together. So many people I met again, and also many new interesting to get known to.

Compared to last year the conference is a bit smaller (about 90 attendees), this will be an impact of the crisis. I am glad that Mark got it managed to perform the conference dispite of the tough circumstances. I heard of some other conferences that needed to be cancelled.… Continue

Added by Karsten Thoms on June 17, 2009 at 16:28 — No Comments

A day at the generation...

It's been fun, the first day at the CodeGeneration 2009 Conference. Met quite a few old acquaintances, like Juha-Pekka Tolvanen and Steven Kelly, but also Jos Warmer (who I hadn't seen in at least a week).

With 10 presentations and workshops to choose from, life wasn't that easy but also not really hard.

Template Specialization right after breakfast was a bit too much for me, so instead I enjoyed Juha-Pekka's introduction to MDD. Not much news in there for me, but his overview… Continue

Added by Angelo Hulshout on June 16, 2009 at 16:30 — 3 Comments

RGen Session and Article

If you are interested in the RGen framework, you might want to attend my session at the Code Generation Conference 2009 or read the RGen article published earlier this year on infoq:

Added by Martin Thiede on June 9, 2009 at 20:49 — No Comments

Registration for GTTSE 2009 now open

Registration is open for the Third International Summer School on Generative and Transformational Techniques in Software Engineering (GTTSE 2009). To be held in Portugal at the beginning of July. Early registration until April 24.

Added by Joost Visser on April 9, 2009 at 15:50 — No Comments

Bottom-up Domain Specific Modeling

Hello all,

I want to announce my own approach to domain-specific model driven development. I call it 'bottom-up DSM (BU-DSM)' (because of modeling "motivation direction"). In reality it based on ideas that are very similar to Domain Specific Multimodeling Paradigm described by Anders Hessellund.

It's main ideas:

- using IoC-container XML configuration as 'final' model (so, model interpretation… Continue

Added by Vitaliy Fedorchenko on March 25, 2009 at 7:00 — 4 Comments

Textual DSL and the Semantic Model

Hi all

I've been doing a proof of concept of Martin Fowler's Semantic Model idea.

He has a nice picture on his DSL-WIP website whichs shows a textual dsl that is used to populate a semantic model through it's population interface. Generating code from the Semantic Model is then marked as optional.

Now, I've been plugging Irony ( and StringTemplate together to make a little language that populates a SM and then the SM is used to generate code… Continue

Added by Jóhann Haukur Gunnarsson on March 24, 2009 at 3:12 — 11 Comments

PhD on domain-specific multimodeling

Hi everyone,

I'll be defending my Ph.D. on domain-specific multimodeling on the 6th of February 2009. The defence will take place at the IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

Here is the abstract:

Enterprise systems are complex artifacts. They are hard to build, manage, understand, and evolve. Existing software development paradigms fail to properly address challenges such as system size, domain complexity, and software… Continue

Added by Anders Hessellund on January 12, 2009 at 17:53 — 6 Comments

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