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Model-driven development training course, 25th-26th July, London

A professional short course in model-driven development and software engineering, including:

* UML, Agile and Model-based development (MBD)

* Domain-specific languages and reuse

* Model transformations and code generation

* Software modernisation and re-engineering

* Big Data analysis techniques

* Agent-based techniques

* Case studies of successful use of Agile and MBD in finance

The course includes practical instruction and guidance on the effective…


Added by Kevin Lano on June 17, 2016 at 8:47 — No Comments

My kickstarter campaign about modeldriven HTML5 mobile apps


I like to officially announce my Kickstarter campaign here. It is about developing HTML5 mobile apps using modeldriven methologies.

The campaign can be found here. And an article explaining a bit more the amount to raise will be found here.

I have two goals with it. First it may be a successful campaign and I'll get the money to invest in contracted…


Added by Lothar Behrens on May 24, 2015 at 22:00 — No Comments

Visual Programming Is Unbelievable… Here’s Why We Don’t Believe In It

Visual programming has been an unfulfilled prophecy for years. As so many other areas, like virtual reality, artificial intelligence, or speech recognition, when the hype was high, the underlying technology wasn’t there yet.

But that was not its only problem…

Continue reading Visual Programming Is Unbelievable… Here’s Why We Don’t Believe In It

Added by Tiago Simões on March 27, 2015 at 21:00 — No Comments

I failed to convince my students about the benefits of code-generation

Some days ago I wrote this post reporting on the feedback I got from my students after asking them to use a code-generator to build a simple CRUD-like application.

The post was highly controversial and got quite a few interesting discussions. 

Therefore I thought it would be also interesting for this community

Added by Jordi Cabot on February 16, 2015 at 11:35 — 4 Comments

Why reinvent Code Generation?

If anybody is interested in discussing and criticising a post on the Virtual Developer blog ("Why reinvent Code Generation?"), please feel free to do so here on the model driven software network. I am curious to read your opinions and…


Added by Marcus Munzert on May 15, 2014 at 14:49 — No Comments

Bring your Code Generator to the Masses

Do you already have your own code generator that can run on a Java Virtual Machine? Or do you want to develop a new code generator using Java as programing language? Now there is an easy way to make such a generator easily accessible from the outside world, without having to install it on every developer's computer. The Virtual Developer Platform lets you deploy your code generator in the cloud. It doesn't matter, for which…


Added by Marcus Munzert on April 25, 2014 at 12:55 — 3 Comments

Craftsman or Engineer?

A lot has been written on the differences between Craftsman and Engineer.  Recently I came across a simple example by Hofstadter & Sander, that nicely shows the basic difference in thinking. We start with a little exercise:

“Draw a square, a rectangle, a rhombus, and a parallelogram.”

Some people draw a solution as in (a), some draw solution…


Added by Model Practice on April 22, 2014 at 19:05 — 2 Comments

Pragmatic code generation with Telosys Tools 2.1

Telosys Tools ( ,

the lightweight code generator is now available in version 2.1



Added by Laurent GUERIN on April 10, 2014 at 15:00 — 2 Comments


Complex BPMN models of business requirements become difficult to understand for the business stakeholders lacking tachnical background. So a transformation becomes necessary from BPMN models to any natural language.

Added by saleem on March 4, 2014 at 16:45 — No Comments

jMDA 1.1.0 has just arrived

For those who are interested in lightweight mda approaches you might like jMDA. It is extremely easy to use and understand and very flexible and powerful at the same time. There is also a blog for jMDA.



Added by Roger Wegner on September 20, 2013 at 17:00 — No Comments

any<code/> : Astah UML Code generation Plugin

Astah UML is a UML modeler. I released an open source plugin, astah-anycode-plugin that enables to generate source code from class diagrams with custom templates so that you can export model in any language.

Don't hesitate to try it and tell me your feedback

Binaries :

Added by José C. on June 16, 2013 at 18:30 — 1 Comment

Stachowiak on Preterition and Abundance in Modelling

In his 1973 book “Allgemeine Modelltheorie” (General Model Theory) Herbert Stachowiak describes the fundamental properties that make a Model.  Unfortunately this is still not available in english language, so I thought why not try a (quite free-style) translation of the essential bits (see here for all):

It is pretty inconvenient to post images here, so…


Added by Model Practice on May 21, 2013 at 12:24 — No Comments

UMLtoSQL, UMLtoSymfony/PHP and UMLtoDjango/Python are now open source

Just released a set of Java classes to generate SQL / Python-Django domain models / PHP-Symfony domain models from UML class diagrams. Open Source License. 

Added by Jordi Cabot on April 18, 2013 at 19:00 — No Comments

Kindle edition of "Model Driven Software Engineering in Practice"

The Kindle edition of the book "Model Driven Software Engineering in Practice" by Marco Brambilla, Jordi Cabot and Manuel Wimmer is now available on Amazon. 

You can find it here:

The Kindle edition is available at 10$.



Added by Marco Brambilla on February 7, 2013 at 8:58 — No Comments

Is transitioning to MDE really revolutionary? (case study)

Lessons learnt from adopting MDE in a large organization (General Motors) describing the benefits and challenges they encountered.

Read more:

Added by Jordi Cabot on January 17, 2013 at 10:29 — No Comments

Work as a Researcher on software modeling in Nantes (France)

We are looking for two postdoc/research engineers to work with us on MDE topics. 

or just contact me by email

Added by Jordi Cabot on November 29, 2012 at 11:14 — No Comments

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