Model-Driven Architecture, including model-driven approaches in general, holds the big promise of moving software development towards a higher level of abstraction. Given the challenges in the software industry of delivering more complex functionality with less effort, I am convinced that it isn’t a question of whether model-driven development will succeed, but rather a question of when it will break through. However, before this can happen, we have many challenging problems to conquer. There are both theoretical and pragmatic problems to solve and therefore we need a close collaboration between industry and the academic world.
The goal of the European Conference on Model-Driven Architecture — Foundations and Applications (ECMDA-FA) is to bring together industry and academia to tackle the problems in model-driven development. This volume includes 18 foundation papers and 12 application papers, which is a fine balance between both worlds. ECMDA-FA 2006 also hosted six workshops on both theoretical and practical aspects of MDA. Furthermore, the keynote speakers, David Frankel and Bran Selic, from some of the world’s largest IT companies proved that industry is very much involved in MDA.
This second ECMDA-FA conference is the result of the work of the authors who submitted a total of 78 papers, the Program Committee members who took the effort to review the papers, the people organizing the workshops, and of course the Steering Committee. All in all, several hundreds of people have worked hard to make this conference a success. I have the honor of speaking for all these people in this preface and I would like to thank each of them for their valuable contribution.
The ECMDA-FA 2006 conference was supported by the European Commission and the MODELWARE project under the "Information Society Technologies" Sixth Framework Programme, and by the Object Management Group (OMG).
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