A bottom-up quality model for QVTo

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Abstract

We investigate the notion of quality in QVT Operational Mappings (QVTo), one of the languages defined in the OMG standard on model-to-model transformations. We utilize a bottom-up approach, starting with a broad exploratory study including QVTo expert interviews, a review of existing material, and introspection. We then formalize QVTo transformation quality into a QVTo quality model, consisting of high-level quality goals, quality properties, and evaluation procedures. We validate the quality model by conducting a survey in which a broader group of QVTo developers rate each property on its importance to QVTo code quality. We find that although many quality properties recognized as important for QVTo do have counterparts in traditional languages, a number are specific to QVTo or model transformation languages. Additionally, a selection of QVTo best practices discovered are presented. The primary contribution of this paper is a QVTo quality model relevant to QVTo practitioners, while secondary contributions are a bottom-up approach to building a quality model and a validation approach leveraging developer perceptions to evaluate individual quality properties.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication9th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology (QUATIC 2014, Guimaraes, Portugal, September 23-26, 2014)
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages85-94
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-6132-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Eventconference; 9th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology; 2014-09-23; 2014-09-26 -
Duration: 23 Sep 201426 Sep 2014

Conference

Conferenceconference; 9th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology; 2014-09-23; 2014-09-26
Period23/09/1426/09/14
Other9th International Conference on the Quality of Information and Communications Technology

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