From DCOM interfaces to domain-specific modeling language: A case study on the Sequencer

Tomaž Kos1, Tomaž Kosar2, Jure Knez1 and Marjan Mernik2

  1. University of Maribor, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
    Smetanova ulica 17, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia
    {tomaz.kosar, marjan.mernik}


Software development is a demanding process, since it involves different parties to perform a desired task. The same case applies to the development of measurement systems – measurement system producers often provide interfaces to their products, after which the customers’ programming engineers use them to build software according to the instructions and requirements of domain experts from the field of data acquisition. Until recently, the customers of the measurement system DEWESoft were building measuring applications, using prefabricated DCOM objects. However, a significant amount of interaction between customers’ programming engineers and measurement system producers is necessary to use DCOM objects. Therefore, a domain-specific modeling language has been developed to enable domain experts to program or model their own measurement procedures without interacting with programming engineers. In this paper, experiences gained during the shift from using the DEWESoft product as a programming library to domain-specific modeling language are provided together with the details of a Sequencer, a domain-specific modeling language for the construction of measurement procedures.

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domain-specific modeling languages, data acquisition, measurement systems

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Volume 8, Issue 2 (May 2011)
Advances in Formal Languages, Modeling and Applications
Year of Publication: 2011
ISSN: 1820-0214 (Print) 2406-1018 (Online)
Publisher: ComSIS Consortium

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Kos, T., Kosar, T., Knez, J., Mernik, M.: From DCOM interfaces to domain-specific modeling language: A case study on the Sequencer. Computer Science and Information Systems, Vol. 8, No. 2, 361-378. (2011),