The Unified Modeling Language (UML) has become a popular implementation vehicle for domain-specific modeling languages (DSMLs). A UML-based DSML is typically defined by multiple specification artifacts, i.e. inter-related models, describing different views on the DSML. These separate, yet interrelated models are potential sources of specification inconsistencies which bear a high risk of affecting all subsequent DSML development phases (e.g., platform integration). In a large-scale literature review of more than 8,000 publications, we collected evidence on consistency-rule usage for 84 UML-based DSML designs. In this paper, we report on the identified patterns of consistency-rule usage (e.g., rule formalization, rule scopes, and supported development activities) and specification defects which challenge the use of consistency rules in DSML specifications.
28 Sept. 2015
1st International Workshop on UML Consistency Rules (WUCOR)
Österreichische Systematik der Wissenschaftszweige (ÖFOS)