Refining a Reference Architecture for Model-Driven Business Apps

Jan Ernsting, Christoph Rieger, Fabian Wrede, Tim A. Majchrzak


Despite much progress, cross-platform app development frameworks remain a topic of active research. While frameworks that yield native apps are particularly attractive, their spread is very limited. It is apparent that (theoretical) technological superiority needs to be accompanied with profound support for developers and adequate capabilities for maintaining the framework itself. We deem so called reference architectures to be a major step for building better cross-platform app development frameworks, particularly if they are based on techniques of model-driven software development (MDSD). In this paper, we describe a refinement of a reference architecture for business apps. We employ the model-driven cross-platform development framework MD2 for this purpose. Its general design has been described extensively in the literature. The framework has a sound foundation in MDSD, yet lacks a generator support that fulfils the above sketched goals. After describing the required background, we argue in detail for a suitable reference architecture. While it will be a valuable addition to the MD2 framework, the discussion of our findings also makes a contribution for generative app development in general.


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Paper Citation

in Harvard Style

Ernsting J., Rieger C., Wrede F. and Majchrzak T. (2016). Refining a Reference Architecture for Model-Driven Business Apps . In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 2: WEBIST, ISBN 978-989-758-186-1, pages 307-316. DOI: 10.5220/0005862103070316

in Bibtex Style

author={Jan Ernsting and Christoph Rieger and Fabian Wrede and Tim A. Majchrzak},
title={Refining a Reference Architecture for Model-Driven Business Apps},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 2: WEBIST,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies - Volume 2: WEBIST,
TI - Refining a Reference Architecture for Model-Driven Business Apps
SN - 978-989-758-186-1
AU - Ernsting J.
AU - Rieger C.
AU - Wrede F.
AU - Majchrzak T.
PY - 2016
SP - 307
EP - 316
DO - 10.5220/0005862103070316