Engineering rich internet applications with a model-driven approach

Piero Fraternali, Sara Comai, Alessandro Bozzon, Giovanni Toffetti Carughi

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Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) have introduced powerful novel functionalities into the Web architecture, borrowed from client-server and desktop applications. The resulting platforms allow designers to improve the user's experience, by exploiting client-side data and computation, bidirectional client-server communication, synchronous and asynchronous events, and rich interface widgets. However, the rapid evolution of RIA technologies challenges the Model-Driven Development methodologies that have been successfully applied in the past decade to traditional Web solutions. This paper illustrates an evolutionary approach for incorporating a wealth of RIA features into an existing Web engineering methodology and notation. The experience demonstrates that it is possible to model RIA application requirements at a high-level using a platform-independent notation, and generate the client-side and server-side code automatically. The resulting approach is evaluated in terms of expressive power, ease of use, and implementability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7
Pages (from-to)1-47
Number of pages47
JournalACM Transactions on the Web
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Information interfaces and presentation
  • Information storage and retrieval
  • Model-driven development
  • Rich Internet applications
  • Web engineering

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