Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) and Component-Based Software Engineering (CBSE) have been proven to effectively reduce software development complexity by (i) shifting the focus from source code to models and (ii) breaking down the set of desired features and their intricacy into smaller sub-modules, respectively. Moreover, the interplay of MDE and CBSE approaches is gaining recognition as a very promising means to boost the development of software systems by reducing costs and risks and shorten time-to-market. While several attempts to effectively combine MDE and CBSE have been documented, there are still unsolved clashes raising when exploiting interplay of MDE and CBSE, mostly due to mismatches in the related terminology as well as to differences in their basic essence.
As satellite event of MoDELS, the goal of ModComp'14 is to gather researchers and practitioners to share opinions, propose solutions to open challenges and generally explore the frontiers of interweaving between MDE and CBSE.
ModComp'14 aims at attracting contributions related to the subject at different levels, from modelling to analysis, from componentization to composition, from consistency to versioning; foundational contributions as well as concrete application experiments are sought.
In this direction topics of interest for ModComp’14 include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Partial model reuse: if we model individual components (interfaces and behavior), these models should be reused when the component is reused in different contexts;
- Model composition: building a system model by composition of pre-existing models of individual components;
- Model versioning: in order to handle model evolution when for example one component is upgraded to a newer version;
- Modeling component interaction and component behaviors: clear separation of internal behaviour and externally visible interaction capabilities, e.g. by interface protocols;
- Model extraction for componentization of legacy systems: when legacy systems are componentized, generation of architectural and behavioral models from implementation artefacts is needed in order to get full support from model-based activities such as analysis, e.g. if such components are reused in a new context;
- Model interoperability: in order to enable the automated construction of semantic matching and mapping between different modeling notations;
- Management and elicitation of model interdependencies: in order to infer, and support automated reason on, the possible interdependencies between the different software models exploited all along the software life cycle;
- Model (co)evolution: tackling challenges in metamodels (e.g., component models) evolution and model co-evolution which are usually amplified by the high degree of interchangeability typical of CBSE;
- Model transformations for analysis and code generation in presence of third-party components: exploring how model-based techniques may deal with third-party components, especially concerning the preservation of system properties (both functional and extra-functional) along the model manipulations involved.
- Metamodel modularity: reasoning on issues related to composability of (i) metamodels and (ii) views in terms of metamodel portions.
Special Issue of Journal of Object Technology (JOT)
The best papers from the workshop will be invited for being submitted in extended form to a special issue of the Journal of Object Technology (JOT). The extended papers will undergo a new peer-reviewing process.