Editorial of the Special Issue on Software Modelling and Meta-Modelling
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Hong Zhu. Editorial of the Special Issue on Software Modelling and Meta-Modelling. International Journal of Software and Informatics, 2012,6(2):109~110
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Abstract:Software modelling is to represent software systems at a high level of abstraction in the form of models, which are often in graphic or formal notations and sometimes a combination of them. In a model, the implementation details are omitted or hidden in order to facilitate both human comprehension and communication and automated reasoning about the system. A large number of modelling languages and/or notations have been proposed in the past decades as a core part of software development methodologies, such as data ow diagrams in the structured analysis and design, UML in object-oriented development, and Petri-net, nite state machine, and statechart etc. in formal methods. With the rapid development of model-driven software development methodology, modelling plays an increasingly important role in software development. Meta-modelling, which models software models, has emerged as one of the key techniques that formalise the de nitions of modelling languages and the speci cation of various processes and transformations of models. It has been an active research topic in the past a few years. This journal special issue aims at reflecting the current frontier in the research on the scienti c and technological principles of software modelling and meta-modelling, and further promoting the research and practices. An open call for papers and some personal invitations were made in the consolidation of submissions to this special issue. A total of 11 submissions were received. The papers included in this special issue are selected based on the reviews by experts in the subject area according to the journal's procedure and quality standard. Each paper is reviewed by at least two reviewers and some of the papers were revised for two rounds according to the reviewers' comments. ....
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