Model Transformations? Transformation Models!

J. Bézivin, F. Büttner, M. Gogolla, F. Jouault, Ivan Ivanov, A. Lindow

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    Much of the current work on model transformations seems essentially operational and executable in nature. Executable descriptions are necessary from the point of view of implementation. But from a conceptual point of view, transformations can also be viewed as descriptive models by stating only the properties a transformation has to fulfill and by omitting execution details. This contribution discusses the view that model transformations can be abstracted as being transformation models. As a simple example for a transformation model, the well-known transformation from the Entity-Relationship model to the Relational model is shown. A transformation model in this contribution is nothing more than an ordinary, simple model, i.e., a UML/MOF class diagram together with OCL constraints. A transformation model may transport syntax and semantics of the described domain. The contribution thus covers two views on transformations: An operational model transformation view and a descriptive transformation model view.
    Original languageUndefined
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 9th International Conference, MoDELS 2006
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Print)978-3-540-45772-5
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Event9th International Conference, MoDELS 2006 - Genova, Italy
    Duration: 1 Oct 20066 Oct 2006

    Publication series

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


    Conference9th International Conference, MoDELS 2006
    Other1-6 Oct 2006


    • EWI-10009
    • IR-61715
    • METIS-248219

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