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Authors: Rodrigo M. L. M. Moreira and Ana C. R. Paiva

Affiliation: University of Porto, Portugal

Keyword(s): Domain-specific Language, DSL Engineering, DSL Development, GUI Modeling, GUI Testing.

Related Ontology Subjects/Areas/Topics: Constraint Modeling and Languages ; Domain-Specific Modeling and Domain-Specific Languages ; Languages, Tools and Architectures ; Model-Driven Software Development ; Software Engineering ; Syntax and Semantics of Modeling Languages

Abstract: Modeling and building software systems for a given specific domain is a complex task. Domain-Specific Languages (DSLs) have been increasingly gaining attention because they are developed to cope with particularities of specific domains. However, DSL development consists in a set of tasks to be performed and some can be error-prone. Identifying the correct set of elements within a DSL and their constraints can be very demanding. Alloy is a popular lightweight intuitive formal language with a simple notation that is easy to read and write. When models of a DSL are specified using Alloy, it becomes possible to generate instances that should represent valid models. So, this paper presents a generic innovative methodology using Alloy in DSL engineering, in order to find and tune language constraints in a systematic way. It also presents an empirical study illustrating the applicability of the proposed methodology.

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M. L. M. Moreira, R. and C. R. Paiva, A. (2015). A Novel Approach using Alloy in Domain-specific Language Engineering. In Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development - MODELSWARD, ISBN 978-989-758-083-3; ISSN 2184-4348, pages 157-164. DOI: 10.5220/0005228101570164

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TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Model-Driven Engineering and Software Development - MODELSWARD,
TI - A Novel Approach using Alloy in Domain-specific Language Engineering
SN - 978-989-758-083-3
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AU - M. L. M. Moreira, R.
AU - C. R. Paiva, A.
PY - 2015
SP - 157
EP - 164
DO - 10.5220/0005228101570164