Monday, November 10, 2008

What a Modelling Language Should Look Like

InfoQ gave a summary yesterday of a few blog posts on Modelling languages.
Briefly, Steven Kelly and Juha-Pekka Tolvanen say such a language should:
1) Map to the domain problem concepts and not implementation details.
2) Be formalized and helpful.
3) Have stand alone tooling support.

Unfortunately, the discussion focused on a visual modelling language (UML) and did not address any alternative modelling languages, such as the standard Web Ontology Language (OWL), which addresses many of these issues. Although OWL was not designed as a visual language or arbitrary code-generation, it has grown to support such usage.

TopBraid Composer, for example, is a mature editor and visualization tool for OWL.

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