JOURNAL OF SOFTWARE (JSW)
ISSN : 1796-217X
Volume : 2    Issue : 2    Date : August 2007

Implementing Model-Based Data Structures using Transient Model Extensions
Michael Thonhauser, Gernot Schmoelzer, and Christian Kreiner
Page(s): 74-83
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Abstract
Software is often constructed using a layered approach to encapsulate various functionality in
corresponding layers. Individual requirements of each layer demand layer specific data structures.
These data structures typically provide redundant information with respect to the data source.
Providing a Model Driven Software Development approach for creating these data structures leads  
to overlapping data models, each containing data structures defined by the data source. Because
putting all various requirements of the software layers in a single data model can lead to difficulties,
each software layer should only extend the basic data source model with its specifically needed
model elements. The approach presented in this paper applies a mechanism for a dynamic
extension of a data model. This extension mechanism is used in the implementational activity of a
software process, and allows the changing of a model within a local scope. Using this mechanism,
a basic data model can be used by every layer, being extended by additional attributes and classes
for satisfying layer specific requirements.

Index Terms
odel-driven development, Data modeling, Data Intensive Systems, Software layers