Model-driven Development of Social Network-enabled Applications with WebML and Social Primitives
Marco Brambilla, Andrea Mauri. Model-driven Development of Social Network-enabled Applications with WebML and Social Primitives. MDWE Workshop colocated with ICWE 2012, Berlin. In: Current Trends in Web Engineering, Springer Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Volume 7703, 2012, pp 41-55.
Social technologies are transforming the Web to a place where users actively contribute to content production and opinion making. Social networking requirements are becoming a core part of the needs of modern enterprises too, which need ad-hoc Web platforms that incorporate the right set of social features for their business. This leads to the need to provide facilities and methods for developing such socially enabled applications. In this paper we propose a model-driven approach that is specifically focused on the development of Web applications that exploit social features. In particular, we describe an extension of the WebML notation (a Domain Specific Language designed to model Web applications), comprising a set of modeling concepts that encapsulate the logic of the interaction with the social platforms. Upon this, we define a set of design patterns that respond to the typical needs of enterprises and we show some sample application scenarios.