Keynote Talk: The Secret Life of Rules in Software Engineering


April 11, 2017 9:16 AM
Jordi Cabot (IN3-UOC, Barcelona, https://jordicabot.com/) will give an interesting talk explaining how UML + OCL can largely be used for rule modelling in software engineering.

Explicit definition and management of rules is largely ignored in most software development projects. While the most “popular” software modeling language (UML) enjoys some measure of success in real-world software projects, its companion, the Object Constraint Language (the OMG standard to complement UML models with textual constraints and derivation rules) is largely ignored. As a result, rules live hidden in the code, implemented in an ad-hoc manner.
This somehow worked when data was mostly stored in relational databases and DBAs could at least enforce some checks on that data. But now, data lives in the open (e.g., data as a service, big data), accessible in a variety of formats (NoSQL, APIs, CSVs,…). This evolution facilitates the consumption and production of data but puts at risk any piece of software accessing it, at least in case no proper knowledge of the structure, quality and content of that data is available. And with the emergence of open data, it’s not only the software who accesses the data but people as well.
In the talk, he argues that rules must become first-class citizens in any software development project and describe our initiatives in discovering, representing and enforcing rules on (open and/or semi-structured) data.