Category Archives: survey

RR: The State of Practice in Model-Driven Engineering

During the last few years, Jon Whittle, John Hutchinson, and Mark Rouncefield have been trying to understand whether developers use some kind of model-driven approach in practice (and if so, how and why). In their recent paper: The State of Practice in Model-Driven Engineering (IEEE Software, May-June 2014) they summarize the main conclusions from their

State of the art on static model verification tools

During the second half of 2011 and the first half of 2012, Jordi and myself (Carlos González) conducted an analysis on the field of static model verification, with the intent of shedding some light on what was the current landscape on the area and, if possible, trying to discover new challenges and/or weaknesses that could

Non-functional Requirements in Architectural Decision Making at InfoQ


Our IEEE software paper Non-functional Requirements in Architectural Decision Making is now also available for everybody at InfoQ . I’m quite happy with this paper (to be honest, I can’t say the same about quite a few others, but that’s another story, more for my “My Research Rants” blog) so I’m sure you’ll find interesting.

Reasons for not contributing more to open source projects (poll results)


Check also the tool we are developing to face some of the challenges you told us in the poll A couple of weeks ago we published a post requesting your input in a survey to understand the problems people have to face when trying to contribute open source projects. He have now closed the survey

Why don’t you contribute (more) to open source projects?

We are interested in understanding the problems people face when trying to contribute to open source projects (where “contribute” is used in the broadest possible sense: from reporting a bug to submitting a patch or even leading the poject). Despite a few very successful projects, our personal experience and some available data suggests that most

Is transitioning to MDE revolutionary (for companies adopting it)?

Is MDE a real revolution?

After reading the paper “Transition to Model-Driven Engineering – What Is Revolutionary, What Remains the Same?” by Jorge Aranda, Daniela Damian and Arber Borici I immediately contacted the authors and asked them to summarize the main lessons learnt from their work in a guest post. I have no doubt you’ll for sure enjoy it. Enter

How do software architects deal with non-functional requirements?


The full results of our exploratory study on how software architects deal with non-functional requirements (based on a set of interviews with software architects) were presented at the RE’12 conference (full paper is available here and the summary/slides can be browsed below) What was the motivation of this work? Research papers on software architecture often

Architecture Quality revisited


Together with X. Franch, D. Ameller and C. Ayala (all members of the GESSI group), I’ve been recently interested in exploring to what extend the huge amount of elicitation, documentation, validation, … techniques for non-functional requirements (NFRs) were useful and used in practice. The full results of our empirical study can be read here but

Top 5 modeling posts – April/June 2012


Here we are with the top 5 most popular posts (according to Google Analytics) of the April-June 2012 period. This is your opportunity to revisit / discover what you and your colleagues thought it was the key content of these three months. The Top 5 posts are (in ascending order of popularity): How users and

Most Important Soft Dev Trends for 2012 (MDE not even a voting option, really?)


As reported in InfoQ attendees of the QCon London conference have been voting for the most important software development trends for 2012 (votation is now open to everyone). We can discuss the role (or even better, the impact) of MDE in software development but you can’t deny its existence and its influence in a (growing)

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