On the architectural alignment of ATL and QVT

Frédéric Jouault, Ivan Ivanov

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    Transforming models is a critical activity in Model Driven Engineering (MDE). With the expected adoption of the OMG QVT standard for model transformation language it is anticipated that the experience in applying model transformations in various cases will increase. However, the QVT standard is just one possible approach to solving model transformation problems. In parallel with the QVT activity many research groups and companies have been working on their own model transformation approaches and languages. It is important for software developers to be able to compare and select the most suitable languages and tools for a particular problem. This paper compares the proposed QVT language and the ATLAS Transformation Language (ATL) as a step in the direction of gathering knowledge about the existing model transformation approaches. The focus is on the major language components (sublanguages and their features, execution tools, etc.) and how they are related. Both languages expose a layered architecture for organizing their components. The paper analyzes the layers and compares them according to various categories. Furthermore, motivations for interoperability between the languages and the related tools are given. Possible solutions for interoperability are identified and discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2006 ACM symposium on Applied computing
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherACM Press
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Print)1-59593-108-2
    Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006
    Event21st Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2006 - Bourgogne University, Dijon, France
    Duration: 23 Apr 200627 Apr 2006
    Conference number: 21


    Conference21st Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2006
    Abbreviated titleSAC


    • QVT
    • CR-D.3.3
    • CR-D.3.2
    • Interoperability
    • ATL
    • Model transformation
    • Model engineering
    • n/a OA procedure


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