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Book chapter

MetaLanguage: a Tool for Creating Visual Domain-Specific Modeling Languages

P. 42-53.

The technologies based on applying a metamodeling and domain-specific languages are widely used at information systems developing. There are many different tools for creating graphical domain-specific language editors with a possibility of determining user’s graphical notations. However they possess disadvantages. The MetaLanguage system is designed to eliminate some of these shortcomings. MetaLanguage is a language workbench which provides creation of visual dynamic adaptable domain-specific modeling languages used in the development of information systems. In paper the approach to development of MetaLanguage DSM-platform is considered. Basic metalanguage constructions of this system are described. The mathematical multilevel domain model with usage of pseudo-metagraphs is constructed. Definitions of the graph and metagraph are given. The algorithm of vertical models transformations is described. The architecture and implementation of the development environment of MetaLanguage toolkit is presented.