Journal of Computer Science

Meta Architecting: Towered a New Generation of Architecture Description Languages

Adel Smeda, Tahar Khammaci and Mourad Oussalah

DOI : 10.3844/jcssp.2005.454.460

Journal of Computer Science

Volume 1, Issue 4

Pages 454-460


The techniques of meta-modeling and meta-levels have become a mature concept and have been largely used to solve real problems in programming languages, distributed environments, knowledge representation, or data bases. In this article it is shown how the same techniques can be applied in component-based software architecture. It also shown the need to propose mechanisms of reflexivity within the domain of software architecture meta-modeling. The outcome of this is a meta-meta-architecture with a minimal core whose finality is to define meta-components, meta-connectors and meta-architectures. Call this meta-meta-architecture MADL (Meta Architecture Description Language).


© 2005 Adel Smeda, Tahar Khammaci and Mourad Oussalah. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.