Application of reflection in model transformation languages

Ivan Ivanov

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    Computational reflection is a well known technique applied in many existing programming languages ranging from functional to object-oriented languages. In this paper we study the possibilities and benefits of introducing and using reflection in rule-based model transformation languages. The paper identifies some language abstractions to achieve structural and behavioral reflection. Every reflective feature is motivated by examples of problems derived from the experience with currently used transformation languages. Example solutions are given by using an experimental language with reflective capabilities. The paper also outlines possible implementation strategies for adding reflection to a language and discusses their advantages and disadvantages.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationTheory and Practice of Model Transformations
    Place of PublicationBerlin Heidelberg
    Number of pages15
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-69926-2
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008
    EventTheory and Practice of Model Transformations: Theory and Practice of Model Transformations - Zurich, Switzerland, Berlin Heidelberg
    Duration: 1 Jul 20082 Jul 2008

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    ISSN (Print)0302-9743
    ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


    ConferenceTheory and Practice of Model Transformations
    CityBerlin Heidelberg
    Other1-2 Jul 2008


    • EWI-12990
    • METIS-251048
    • IR-62373
    • SE-MDA: Model Driven Architecture

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