A Meta-Circular Basis for Model-Based Language Engineering

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Meta-modelling is a technique that facilitates the construction of new languages to be used in system development. Although meta-modelling is supported by a number of tools and technologies, notably the Meta Object Facility from the OMG, there is no widely accepted precise basis for meta-modelling that can be used to develop and study language-based approaches to system development. Recent advances in meta-modelling have proposed several approaches to mixing types and instances, and allowing constraints to hold over multiple levels. This article proposes a collection of key characteristic features that are used to define a foundational self-contained unifying meta-language that is evaluated through several examples.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
JournalJournal of Object Technology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 31 Oct 2020

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