Model Driven Software Engineering Meta-Workbenches: An XTools Approach

Tony Clark, Jens Gulden

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Model Driven Software Engineering aims to provide a quality assured process for designing and generating software. Modelling frameworks that offer technologies
for domain specific language and associated tool construction are called language workbenches. Since modelling is itself a domain, there are benefits to applying a workbenchbased approach to the construction of modelling languages and tools. Such a framework
is a meta-modelling tool and those that can generate themselves are reflective metatools. This article reviews the current state of the art for modelling tools and proposes
a set of reflective meta-modelling tool requirements. The XTools framework has been
designed as a reflective meta-tool and is used as a benchmark.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1148-1176
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Universal Computer Science
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 28 Sep 2020

Bibliographical note

CC BY-ND 4.0


Dive into the research topics of 'Model Driven Software Engineering Meta-Workbenches: An XTools Approach'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this