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MDA Distilled: Principles of Model-Driven Architecture (Addison-Wesley Object Technology)by Stephen J. Mellor
Synopses & Reviews
"A readable and much needed introduction to MDA."
--Dr. Jim Arlow, coauthor of UML and the Unified Process (Addison-Wesley, 2002) and Enterprise Patterns and MDA (Addison-Wesley, 2004)
"This book provides an excellent introduction to the ideas and technologies that will form the foundation of the model-driven architecture over the coming years. I recommend it wholeheartedly."
--Dr. Andy Evans, Managing Director, Xactium Limited, UK
"Excellent job of distilling MDA down to its core concepts."
--Krzysztof Czarnecki, Univeristy of Waterloo, coauthor of Generative Programming (Addison-Wesley, 2000)
As systems have grown more crucial to the operations of organizations worldwide, so too have the costs associated with building and maintaining them. Enter model-driven architecture (MDA), a standard framework from the Object Management Group (OMG) that allows developers to link object models together to build complete systems. MDA prevents design decisions from being intertwined with the application and keeps it independent of its implementation. The result is an application that can be combined with other technologies as well as other applications, and models that become highly reusable assets.
MDA Distilled is an accessible introduction to the MDA standard and its tools and technologies. The book describes the fundamental features of MDA, how they fit together, and how you can use them in your organization today. You will also learn how to define a model-driven process for a project involving multiple platforms, implement that process, and then test the resulting system.
MDA Distilled will help you understand:
Developers and architects can dramatically improve productivity, portability, interoperability, and maintenance with MDA. Find out how with this essential reference, and quickly learn how to harness the significant power of this new framework.
Book News Annotation:
Model-driven architecture (MDA) is a standard framework from the Object Management Group (OMG) that allows developers to link object models together to build complete systems. Mellor (member, IEEE Software Advisory Board) introduces the MDA standard and its tools and technologies, describing fundamental features of MDA, how they fit together, and how they can be used in an organization. Coverage encompasses terms and concepts, building models, metamodels, and mappings, agile MDA, and executing an MDA process. The book will be of interest to software developers and architects.
Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This accessible introduction to the MDA standard and its tools and technologies describes the fundamental features of MDA, how they fit together, and how readers can use them in their organization today. Users will also learn how to define a model-driven process for a project involving multiple platforms, implement that process, and then test the resulting system.
About the Author
Stephen J. Mellor is cofounder of Project Technology, Inc., a company focused on tools to execute and translate UML models, where he now serves as vice president. He chaired the UML Action Semantics Consortium, and is now active in specifying MDA. In his copious spare time, he is a member of the IEEE Software Industrial Advisory Board.
Kendall Scott is a UML trainer and consultant. With more than sixteen years of experience as a technical writer, he is skilled in converting complex, technical material into understandable and easy-to-use manuals.
Axel Uhl is a software architect at Interactive Object Software in Germany, where he serves on the team that is developing the MDA tool ArcStyler.
Dirk Weise works as a software engineer and consultant in the area of distributed-object computing, model-driven software development, and software architectures. Having been with Interactive Objects Software for several years, he has taken part in developing MDA ArcStyler and has made use of it in several projects.
Table of Contents
List of Figures.
Organization of This Book.
Frequently Asked Questions.
Raising the Level of Abstraction.
Raising the Level of Reuse.
Models as Assets.
2. MDA Terms and Concepts.
Metamodels and Platforms.
Mapping Between Models.
Building an MDA Process.
Executing an MDA Process.
3. Building Models.
Abstraction, Classification, and Generalization.
Subject Matter and Language Abstraction.
Models and Platforms.
4. Building Metamodels.
The Four-Layer Architecture.
MOF: A Standard For Metamodeling.
5. Building Mappings.
An Informal Example.
Query, Views, and Transformations (QVT).
Scenarios for Mappings.
Merging Mappings for Weaving.
6. Building Marking Models.
Marks and Marking Models.
Applying Marks and Marking Models.
Relating Marks and Model Elements.
Mark and Marking Model Implementations.
The Theory of Marking Models.
7. Building Languages.
Why Build a Language?
Who Defines a Language?
WhatÕs In a Language?
Building a Language Using MOF.
Building a Language Using Profiles.
Building Graphical Notations.
Using Languages That YouÕve Built.
8. Elaborating Models.
Why Elaborate Models?
Managing Manual Changes to Generated Models.
Reversibility of Mappings.
Incorporating Legacy Code.
9. Building Executable Models.
Why Executable Models?
The Execution Model.
Using Executable UML.
10. Agile MDA.
Why Agile MDA?
Models, Models, Models.
Design-Time Interoperability Revisited.
Using Agile MDA.
11. Building an MDA Process.
Why Build an MDA Process?
How to Approach the Problem.
Charting the MDA Process.
Identifying the Metamodels and Marking Models.
The Long and the Short of Mapping Chains.
Constraint Propagation and Verification.
Using an MDA Process.
12. Executing an MDA Process.
An Example Model-Driven Process.
Iterating the Process.
Testing the System.
Executing an MDA Process.
13. The Future of MDA.
Why Not MDA?
The Importance of Standards.
Building a Tool Chain.
Working with Models-as-Assets.
Back from the Future.
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