Pounamu: A meta-tool for exploratory domain-specific visual language tool development

Nianping Zhu, John Grundy, John Hosking, Na Liu, Shuping Cao, Akhil Mehra

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Domain-specific visual language tools have become important in many domains of software engineering and end user development. However building such tools is very challenging with a need for multiple views of information and multi-user support, the ability for users to change tool diagram and meta-model specifications while in use, and a need for an open architecture for tool integration. We describe Pounamu, a meta-tool for realising such visual design environments. We describe the motivation for Pounamu, its architecture and implementation and illustrate examples of domain-specific visual language tools that we have developed with Pounamu.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1390-1407
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Systems and Software
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Domain-specific languages
  • Meta-CASE
  • Meta-tools
  • Visual design environments

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