Graphical Modeling is widely being used for visualization of complex systems. By encapsulating the complexities of the underlying System in form of visual representations that provide an ease of use, Graphical Modeling is gaining its importance in Automotive Software Development. However each framework has its own features and constraints. Every graphical framework introduces a tight coupling of domain with its representation. XGraF was built to reduce this coupling with the help of DSL.
In today’s Autosar world, ARText is the Domain Specific Languages (DSL) for defining the Autosar software. In this instance XGraF defines a DSL to bind the domain (for e.g., ARText) to a graphical representation. The challenge here was to define a DSL which would address all the graphical components (Shapes, connection, layouts, etc..,)
Defining DSL is just one side of the coin, the next step was to build a generator that can generate code in various graphical frameworks (for e.g., GMF, Graphiti, etc..,).
-Quick and Easy realisation of domain in preferred graphical framework
-reduces the development effort by plugging the generated code into existing and/or new tools