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43 Program Generation: Concepts and Techniques

Tuesday, 28 October – 13:30-17:00 Afternoon

Markus Völter, Independent consultant, voelter@acm.org

Program generation has been used for a long time to facilitate the development of enterprise and embedded systems. More recently, its potential for improving object-oriented software development in general has been realized through the use of program generation techniques such as generative programming, product line engineering, and model-driven architectures (MDA).

This tutorial introduces the most important kinds of code generation, such as model transformations, source code generation, source code transformation, byte code rewriting and reflection. We will introduce different code generation technologies, such as template-based generators, frame technology, aspect weaving and AST-based approaches; illustrate when to use them; discuss benefits and drawbacks of each approach; and look at representative tools that support each kind of program generation. Some of these tools will also be demonstrated.

Attendee background

Prerequisites: Attendees should be experienced OO developers or architects and must understand an OO programming language, such as Java, C++ or C#. Familiarity with UML is also required. Previous experience with code generation is not necessary.


Lecture and live demonstrations


Markus works as an independent consultant in software technology and engineering. He focuses on the architecture of large, distributed systems. Markus is the author of several magazine articles and patterns, a regular speaker at conferences, and co-author of Wiley's "Server Component Patterns." Over the last couple of years, Markus has architected and implemented several large enterprise systems in banking, diagnostics and automotive, on various scales. He has used code generation in the context of enterprise and embedded systems. Markus can be reached at voelter@acm.org or via http://www.voelter.de.