Title
Towards domain-specific model editors with automatic model completion Towards domain-specific model editors with automatic model completion
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Sciences. Mathematics and Computer Science
Publication type
article
Publication
Beverly Hills, Calif. ,
Subject
Computer. Automation
Source (journal)
Simulation. - Beverly Hills, Calif.
Volume/pages
86(2010) :2 , p. 109-126
ISSN
0037-5497
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Integrated development environments such as Eclipse allow users to write programs quickly by presenting a set of recommendations for code completion. Similarly, word processing tools such as Microsoft Word present corrections for grammatical errors in sentences. Both of these existing structure editors use a set of constraints expressed in the form of a natural language grammar to restrict/correct the user ( syntax-directed editing) or formal grammar (language-directed editing ) to aid document completion. Taking this idea further, in this paper we present an integrated software system capable of generating recommendations for model completion of partial models built in editors for domain-specific modeling languages. We present a methodology to synthesize model editors equipped with automatic completion from a modeling languages declarative specification consisting of a meta-model with a visual syntax. This meta-model directed completion feature is powered by a first-order relational logic engine implemented in ALLOY. We incorporate automatic completion in the generative tool AToM3. We use the finite state machines modeling language as a concise running example. Our approach leverages a correct by construction philosophy that renders subsequent simulation of models considerably less error-prone.
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