Why this book?

This book discusses how approaches based on modeling can improve the daily practice of software professionals. This is known as Model-Driven Software Engineering (MDSE) or, simply, Model-Driven Engineering (MDE).

MDSE practices have proved to increase efficiency and effectiveness in software development. MDSE adoption in the software industry is foreseen to grow exponentially in the near future, e.g., due to the convergence of software development and business analysis.

This book is an agile and flexible tool to introduce you to the MDE and MDSE world, thus allowing you to quickly understand its basic principles and techniques and to choose the right set of MDE instruments for your needs so that you can start to benefit from MDE right away.

The book is organized into two main parts.
  • The first part discusses the foundations of MDSE in terms of basic concepts (i.e., models and transformations), driving principles, application scenarios and current standards, like the wellknown MDA initiative proposed by OMG (Object Management Group) as well as the practices on how to integrate MDE in existing development processes.
  • The second part deals with the technical aspects of MDSE, spanning from the basics on when and how to build a domain-specific modeling language, to the description of Model-to-Text and Model-to-Model transformations, and the tools that support the management of MDE projects.
The book is targeted to a diverse set of readers, spanning: 
  • professionals, CTOs, CIOs, and team managers that need to have a bird’s eye vision on the matter, so as to take the appropriate decisions when it comes to choosing the best development techniques for their company or team; 
  • software analysts, developers, and designers that expect to use MDSE for improving everyday’s work productivity, either by applying the basic modeling techniques and notations or by defining new domain-specific modeling languages and applying end-to-end MDE practices in the software factory; 
  • and academic teachers and students to address undergrad and postgrad courses on MDE.
The book covers a wide set of introductory and technical topics, spanning MDE at large, definitions and orientation in the MD* world, metamodeling, domain specific languages, model transformations, reverse engineering, and many others. The technologies and methodologies discussed in the book include: OMG's MDA, UML, OCL, ATL, QVT, MOF, Eclipse, EMF, GMF, TCS, xText, and many others.