Channels ▼
RSS

Tools

Finland's Answer To Mixed Modeling and Programming


Jyväskylä-based MetaCase is leading the tech news emanating from Finland this week with its new plug-in for Eclipse. Built to serve its MetaEdit+ Domain-Specific Modeling (DSM) environment, the plug-in allows users to work with MetaEdit+ models directly from Eclipse. It also automatically imports source code generated from the MetaEdit+ models into Eclipse and builds and runs it there.

MetaCase highlights the challenges facing development teams when combining the use of both models and code concurrently. The company argues that the reason for difficulties at this point is partly because of the modeling languages used and partly because of the tools. With the plug-in, domain-specific models, expressed as diagrams, matrices, or tables in MetaEdit+, can be browsed and used directly from Eclipse.

Domain-Specific Modeling utilizes high-level models that describe things in the terms of a company's individual problem domain, instead of attempting to visualize the code developers will write. These models directly mirror real-world objects, theoretically allowing developers to make better designs with less effort and enabling them to generate production-quality code that interfaces correctly with their existing software platform.

While the above statement comes from MetaCase, analyst opinion seems to concur. Butler Group's Chris Haddad said some time ago now that, "The use of domain-specific languages and custom meta models is the greatest aid to productivity and making model-driven development a viable practice. Unfortunately, most vendors ship general-purpose UML modeling tools that are not easily customized to reflect domain-specific notations and constructs."

"The MetaEdit+ plug-in for Eclipse allows generators to import and integrate the generated code with the code written in Eclipse as frameworks or unique business logic code. The integration also enables debugging at the model level: While running the application code, models can be traced and annotated. Tools that provide interfaces and extensibility, like Eclipse and MetaEdit+, can be more easily adapted to a company's development processes, languages, and frameworks," said Dr. Juha-Pekka Tolvanen, CEO of MetaCase.


Related Reading


More Insights






Currently we allow the following HTML tags in comments:

Single tags

These tags can be used alone and don't need an ending tag.

<br> Defines a single line break

<hr> Defines a horizontal line

Matching tags

These require an ending tag - e.g. <i>italic text</i>

<a> Defines an anchor

<b> Defines bold text

<big> Defines big text

<blockquote> Defines a long quotation

<caption> Defines a table caption

<cite> Defines a citation

<code> Defines computer code text

<em> Defines emphasized text

<fieldset> Defines a border around elements in a form

<h1> This is heading 1

<h2> This is heading 2

<h3> This is heading 3

<h4> This is heading 4

<h5> This is heading 5

<h6> This is heading 6

<i> Defines italic text

<p> Defines a paragraph

<pre> Defines preformatted text

<q> Defines a short quotation

<samp> Defines sample computer code text

<small> Defines small text

<span> Defines a section in a document

<s> Defines strikethrough text

<strike> Defines strikethrough text

<strong> Defines strong text

<sub> Defines subscripted text

<sup> Defines superscripted text

<u> Defines underlined text

Dr. Dobb's encourages readers to engage in spirited, healthy debate, including taking us to task. However, Dr. Dobb's moderates all comments posted to our site, and reserves the right to modify or remove any content that it determines to be derogatory, offensive, inflammatory, vulgar, irrelevant/off-topic, racist or obvious marketing or spam. Dr. Dobb's further reserves the right to disable the profile of any commenter participating in said activities.

 
Disqus Tips To upload an avatar photo, first complete your Disqus profile. | View the list of supported HTML tags you can use to style comments. | Please read our commenting policy.
 

Video