AMW Use Case - Tool Interoperability of bug tracking tools

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Nowadays, there are a large number of different tools that can be used to solve similar problems. It is often necessary to use the data produced by one tool in another tool. However, the tools have different data format and semantics.
To support interoperability between different tools, it is necessary to represent the semantic heterogeneities between the tools' elements.

We illustrate the tool interoperability scenario using two well-known bug tracking tools, Mantis and Bugzilla. This use case shows how weaving models are used to capture the semantic heterogeneities between these two tools metamodels. The weaving model acts as high-level specifications for producing model transformations.

Overview

Consider two bug tracking tools, Mantis and Bugzilla. Mantis is represented by model Ma (conforms to MMa). Bugzilla is represented by model Mb (conforms to MMb).

The first step is to perform a matching between both metamodels. The matching process creates a weaving model that captures the different kinds of heterogeneities between both tools metamodels. The heterogeneities may vary from simple mappings (e.g., 1-to-1 equivalence links), to complex kinds of mappings (e.g., concatenation, data conversions, etc.). More information about the matching process is available in the matching use case. The weaving model conforms to a weaving metamodel extension for tool interoperability. This extension is available in the weaving metamodel Zoo.



Weaving model for tool interoperability

The weaving model is used as specification to produce model transformations. We implement a higher-order transformation (HOT) based on a generic transformation pattern (see the publication below). The HOT takes the weaving model as input and produces a transformation model as output. This output transformation is used to translate Mantis models into Bugzilla models.



Production of a transformation between Mantis and Bugzilla


Download and examples

Example

This example is a complete scenario of tool interoperability that uses weaving models to capture the different kinds of heterogeneities between the Mantis and Bugzilla metamodels. The weaving model is used to generate ATL transformations.

Example HowTo

This document contains step-by-step instructions explaining how to execute the example.

Publication

The publication titled "Model-driven Tool Interoperability: an Application in Bug Tracking" demonstrates the use of weaving models to capture complex kinds of mappings in tool interoperability scenarios. It uses the "Mantis to Bugzilla" scenario for the experimental validation.

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