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Software development methodologies may be described in the context of an underpinning metamodel, but the precise mechanisms that permit them to be defined in terms of their metamodels are usually difficult to explain and do not cover all needs. For example, it is difficult to devise a way that allows the definition of properties of the elements that compose(More)
In some areas of software engineering research, there are several metamodels claiming to capture the main issues. Though it is profitable to have variety at the beginning of a research field, after some time, the diversity of metamodels becomes an obstacle, for instance to the sharing of results between research groups. To reach consensus and unification of(More)
MDA promises a high software return on investment by producing software that evolves easily and is more portable and interoperable. However, MDA has a high price, namely, the need for a unified modelling infrastructure and a rich range of tools to create, maintain and transform models. Without these, model-driven development will not be able to deliver on(More)
In the context of creating methodologies for MAS system development using a situational method engineering approach, we focus in this paper on the creation and evaluation of a generic metamodel to serve as a representational infrastructure to unify the work product component of MAS methodologies. The resultant metamodel does not focus on any class of MAS,(More)
Metamodelling provides a way of modelling the rules underpinning not only modelling languages such as UML but also processes. In the context of object-oriented development, we evaluate the conceptual framework used to reason about metamodelling from the different perspectives of methodologist, method engineer and software developer. We propose the use of(More)