# Introduction to Bidirectional Transformations

@inproceedings{AbouSaleh2018IntroductionTB, title={Introduction to Bidirectional Transformations}, author={Faris Abou-Saleh and James Cheney and Jeremy Gibbons and James McKinna and Perdita Stevens}, booktitle={Bidirectional Transformations}, year={2018} }

Bidirectional transformations (BX) serve to maintain consistency between different representations of related and often overlapping information, translating changes in one representation to the others. We present a brief introduction to the field, in order to provide some common background to the remainder of this volume, which constitutes the lecture notes from the Summer School on Bidirectional Transformations, held in Oxford in July 2016 as one of the closing activities of the UK EPSRC…

## 18 Citations

### Is Bidirectionality Important?

- Computer ScienceECMFA
- 2018

It is argued that developing the ability to engineer dependable bidirectional transformations is likely to be crucial to the authors' ability to meet the demand for software in coming decades.

### Towards Bidirectional Synchronization Between Communicating Processes and Session Types

- Computer Science2019 IEEE International Conference on Big Data and Smart Computing (BigComp)
- 2019

This short paper offers a preliminary analysis of the process-type synchronization problem in terms of BX, describing the prospects and challenges.

### Avoiding unnecessary information loss: correct and efficient model synchronization based on triple graph grammars

- Computer ScienceInternational Journal on Software Tools for Technology Transfer
- 2020

This paper shows how to automatically derive (short-cut) repair rules from short-cut rules to propagate changes such that information loss is avoided and model synchronization is accelerated and proves the termination and the correctness of this synchronization process.

### Double-pushout-rewriting in S-Cartesian functor categories: Rewriting theory and application to partial triple graphs

- MathematicsJ. Log. Algebraic Methods Program.
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### Bidirectional Programming for Parsing and Retentive Printing

- Computer Science
- 2020

This thesis reconciles the compactness of ASTs and printing quality by proposing retentive printing, which takes not only an AST but also a piece of original program text, so that there is no need to enrich ASTs with unnecessary information.

### Comprehensive Systems: A formal foundation for Multi-Model Consistency Management

- Computer ScienceFormal Aspects of Computing
- 2021

This paper proposes and investigates a novel comprehensive system construction, which is able to represent multi-ary relations among multiple models in an integrated manner and thus serves as a formal foundation for artefacts used in consistency management activities involving multiple models.

### Datatype-generic programming meets elaborator reflection

- Computer ScienceProc. ACM Program. Lang.
- 2022

This work presents a framework in Agda featuring a set of general metaprograms for instantiating datatype-generic programs as, and for, a useful range of native datatypes and functions in programmer-friendly and customisable forms.

### Model-driven engineering city spaces via bidirectional model transformations

- Computer ScienceSoftware and Systems Modeling
- 2021

This work supports model-based development by providing a way to derive analyzable models from CityGML descriptions, and ensures that changes performed are propagated correctly, and demonstrates that bidirectional transformations can be achieved in practice on real city models.

### Software Foundations for Data Interoperability and Large Scale Graph Data Analytics: 4th International Workshop, SFDI 2020, and 2nd International Workshop, LSGDA 2020, held in Conjunction with VLDB 2020, Tokyo, Japan, September 4, 2020, Proceedings

- Computer ScienceSFDI/LSGDA@VLDB
- 2020

Three attribute diversified community models are introduced in which attribute diversification takes different roles for presenting objective, query requirement, and constraint in order to find communities that are both structure and attribute cohesive.

### Integration and Coordination of Health Data Systems : State-ofthe-Art and Open Problems ?

- Computer Science
- 2018

A possible workflow in a multiuser environment, which aims at keeping all artifacts consistent, is outlined, and some of the biggest challenges in this area are sketched.

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