Model-Based Software Development

“Model-driven development holds promise of being the first true generational leap in software development since the introduction of the compiler. The key lies in resolving pragmatic issues related to the artifacts and culture of previous generations of software technologies.”

Using models to design complex systems is de rigueur in traditional engineering disciplines. No one would imagine constructing an edifice as complex as a bridge or an automobile without first constructing a variety of specialized system models. Models help us understand a complex problem and its potential solutions through abstraction. Therefore, it seems obvious that software systems, which are often among the most complex engineering systems, can benefit greatly from using models and modeling techniques. [Bran Selic, IBM Rational Software]