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CAIRO BOOKS's Description
This book focuses on metamodelling as a discipline, exploring its foundations,
techniques and results. It presents a comprehensive metamodel that covers
process, product and quality issues under a common framework.
Issues covered include: An explanation of what metamodelling is and why it is
necessary in the context of software engineering. Basic concepts and principles
of traditional metamodelling, and some existing results of this approach.
Problems associated with traditional approaches to Metamodelling are discussed,
alongside an exploration of possible solutions and alternative approaches.
Advanced topics such as the extension of the object-oriented paradigm for
metamodelling purposes or the foundations of powertype-based tool development
will be studied. Finally, a comprehensive case study is introduced and
developed, showing how to use many of the concepts explained in the previous
This book provides a comprehensive conceptual framework for metamodelling and
includes case studies and exercises which will demonstrate practical uses of
metamodelling. For lecturers and educators, the book provides a layered
repository of contents, starting from the basics of metamodelling in the first
chapters, through specific issues such as trans-layer control or non-strict
approaches, up to advanced topics such as universal powertyping or extensions
to the object-oriented paradigm. The book also serves as an in-depth reference
guide to features and technologies to consider when developing in-house
software development methods or customising and adopting off-the-shelf ones.
Software tool developers and vendors can benefit from the book by finding in it
a comprehensive guide to the implementation of frameworks and toolsets for
computer-aided software modelling and development.