From the Model to the Code Generator

From the Model to the Code Generator

Roberto Paiano (University of Salento, Italy), Anna Lisa Guido (University of Salento, Italy) and Andrea Pandurino (University of Salento, Italy)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-300-5.ch010
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Abstract

Surely, the design phase is one of the most important in the whole information system life cycle. The design phase allows realizing of the information system according to an engineering approach that by abstracting itself completely from the implementation details, it can adequately focus itself on the design aspects allowing for provision of a clear and precise methodological guideline to the developers. In this way, a high level of quality is guaranteed to the information system that will be not influenced by ad hoc decisions made up by the developers; decisions that, in the greatest part of the cases, are deprived of a suitable methodological support, and that inevitably bring to a diminution of the total quality of the project.
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Introduction

Surely, the design phase is one of the most important in the whole information system life cycle. The design phase allows realizing of the information system according to an engineering approach that by abstracting itself completely from the implementation details, it can adequately focus itself on the design aspects allowing for provision of a clear and precise methodological guideline to the developers. In this way, a high level of quality is guaranteed to the information system that will be not influenced by ad hoc decisions made up by the developers; decisions that, in the greatest part of the cases, are deprived of a suitable methodological support, and that inevitably bring to a diminution of the total quality of the project.

All of the details of the design phase have been underlined in the first part of the job and have been provided both approaches from the methodological point of view (specialized for the different typologies of users that will use the information system) and case studies oriented to understand the real applicability on the field of these methodologies.

At this point, it is essential to provide a technological aspect to the book thinking that the design methodologies are useful up until when they simplify the job of the designer: in the moment in which the design methodology adds complexity it is immediately abandoned by the designer.

During an accurate analysis of the designer requirements, it is evident that the tools that he/she needs are primarily of two types:

  • Tool of graphic design

  • Tool of automatic code generation

The tools of graphic design must have realized in order to simplify how much more possible the application of the methodologies of design previously exposed and to get, of course, a graphic representation conforming to the primitives of those methodologies.

In parallel, it is essential to have a tool that allows, starting from a machine readable representation of the gotten models, automatic production of the whole necessary code to obtain an application very close to that final application. To avoid that, this effort is not suitable, as it will be clearer subsequently, the generation of code will not be elegant in itself, but it will use some advanced technologies that will allow obtaining an application that, if on one hand, answers to the design choices, and on the other hand is a good base that can be used for the following development.

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The Machine Readable Design

If the designer has the experience with the methodology, it is possible to not consider the problems coming from the methodology learning, but the problem related to the following transformation of the design in a machine readable format is not overcome. The transformation of the design in a machine readable format is very helpful in the following code generation phase.

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Dedication
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
Table of Contents
Foreword
Paolo Paolini
Acknowledgment
Roberto Paiano
Chapter 1
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
The analysis of the business processes, realized through visits and interviews to the employees, must necessarily aim to provide for visibility to a... Sample PDF
Evolution of Business Process Notation
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Chapter 2
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
In this chapter, the main methodologies of Web application design established into the international scientific panorama are presented. Each of... Sample PDF
Web Information System Design Methodologies Overview
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Chapter 3
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
IDM provides also a good organization of pages with PIDM that, producing different views, allows focusing on different design aspects. IDM inherits... Sample PDF
Details About IDM Web Application Design Methodology
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Chapter 4
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
It is now clear that a careful initial phase of design, above all that it concerns for the complex Web information systems, it is essential to... Sample PDF
A Brief Introduction to Ontology
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Chapter 5
The Design Vision  (pages 106-130)
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
From the considerations made in the previous chapters, it emerges that the design of the complex Web information system must consider in a separate... Sample PDF
The Design Vision
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Chapter 6
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
There are several problems to face in the definition of the methodology of design object of this chapter. In regards to the internal users of the... Sample PDF
Web Application Process-Oriented Design for External Users
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Chapter 7
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
The case of study in examination has the goal of realizing a Web application to support an operator of a tourist agency that wants to realize a... Sample PDF
A Case Study for External Users
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Chapter 8
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
As more times underlined within this book, when the application is turned to the inside, users of the company that do not need information of... Sample PDF
Web Application Process-Oriented Design for Internal Users
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Chapter 9
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
The case immediately introduces it as a case strongly oriented to the logic of process and for which the operator, which in this context operates by... Sample PDF
Case Study for Internal Users
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Chapter 10
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
Surely, the design phase is one of the most important in the whole information system life cycle. The design phase allows realizing of the... Sample PDF
From the Model to the Code Generator
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Chapter 11
Technological Choices  (pages 233-252)
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
Referring back to how much was described in the preceding chapters, we introduce in this chapter the technological choices made up in order to... Sample PDF
Technological Choices
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Chapter 12
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
As it will be clearer subsequently, two different technologies will be used for realizing the generation of the code; the first one predominantly... Sample PDF
Tool to Support the Design Methdology: A Configurable Editor
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Chapter 13
Code Generators  (pages 287-310)
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
In this chapter, the design and the development of the code generating tools based on the technologies (described in Chapter XI) are presented. In... Sample PDF
Code Generators
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Chapter 14
Case Studies  (pages 311-352)
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
This chapter presents the detailed output of the two code generators showed in the previous chapter. For the first code generator software, the main... Sample PDF
Case Studies
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Chapter 15
Conclusions  (pages 323-358)
Roberto Paiano, Anna Lisa Guido, Andrea Pandurino
In this chapter, we briefly summarize the results achieved in this book, and we will provide some indications on possible future developments. In... Sample PDF
Conclusions
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