UML2 Tools Usability

Ed Merks (IBM), Richard Gronback (Borland Software Corporation), Kenn Hussey (Embarcadero Technologies), Dave Carlson (, Tatiana Fesenko (Borland Software Corporation), Pierre Gaufillet (Airbus)

Modeling · Birds Of A Feather

Tuesday, 20:45, 1 hour 15 minutes | Room 201 | Download in iCal Format


Ed Merks

Kenn Hussey

Tatiana Fesenko

This session will provide an opportunity to discuss issues with the usability (or lack thereof) of UML2 Tools and perhaps even GMF-based tools in general. The goal would be to identify what the current issues are, brainstorm on ways they might be solved, and put together a plan of action for how the community can work together to make UML2 Tools truly exemplary (or, at the very least, usable).

Ed Merks is the project lead of the Eclipse Modeling Framework project and a co-lead of the top-level Modeling project. He has many years of in-depth experience in the design and implementation of languages, frameworks, and application development environments. He holds a Ph.D. in computing science and is a co-author of the authoritative "Eclipse Modeling Framework, A Developer's Guide" (Addison-Wesley 2003). He works for IBM Rational Software at the Toronto Lab.

Kenn Hussey works as a Program Manager for Embarcadero Technologies. He is a member of the Project Management Committee (PMC) for the Modeling project, lead of the Model Development Tools (MDT) sub-project, and a committer on the Eclipse Modeling Framework (EMF) sub-project at Eclipse. He is also actively involved with the Object Management Group (OMG), representing Embarcadero on the Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), Unified Modeling Language (UML), and Meta-Object Facility (MOF) / XML Metadata Interchange (XMI) revision task forces, as well as the Information Management Metamodel (IMM) submission team. He holds Master of Science (Computer Science) and Bachelor of Computer Science (Honors) degrees from Acadia University.

Dave Carlson is an independent consultant specializing in model-driven design of XML Schemas and web service messages, with current emphasis on HL7 healthcare standards. Dave earned his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Arizona and has over 25 years experience in software development and architecture. He is the author of two books by Addison-Wesley: "Modeling XML Applications with UML", and "Eclipse Distilled". Dave has been developing Eclipse plugins since the first week Eclipse was released in 2001.

Tatiana Fesenko is a software developer for Borland Software Corporation. She graduated from the Department of Software Engineering in St.-Petersburg State University with a degree paper devoted to Requirements Management. She still gives lectures at her 'alma mater'. She is a committer on Eclipse MDT UML2Tools Project.

Pierre is in charge (support to development teams and research activities) of software design methods in the Avionics & Simulation Products unit at Airbus. He is involved for several years now in the SAE ( committee defining the Architecture Analysis and Design Language (, and is the technical coordinator of TOPCASED (

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