Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Modeling Standards

It's nearing the end of September, so I guess it's time for my quarterly blog entry ;-) This time, it's about standards; specifically, OMG standards and how we can support them within the Modeling project.

This topic is the focus of my position paper for the upcoming Modeling Symposium at Eclipse Summit Europe (thanks to Jean for the encouragement). It's more of a political discussion than technical, so I won't bore you with all the details here, as you can read the paper if you're interested. In essence, it's really just a list of questions that need answering regarding how the two organizations will interact. On the one hand, you have a standards body that excels at delivering specifications and a vow to never implement them. On the other hand, you have an implementation-focused organization that excels at delivering solid (working) code, which often become de facto standards.

Now, how to work together such that a mutually-beneficial balance can be struck? Of course, we've not started any formal discussion on the topic between the two just yet. I guess the paper and this blog entry are just my way of warming up to the challenge, for I suspect it will not be a simple solution ;-). That's all for now.