From September 28th to 30th, the AutoMobile School and Mobile Development Days event took place in the ComoNext Technological Scientific Park in Lomazzo (CO), where the WebRatio headquarter are located.
The event has been led by Polytechnic University of Milan and WebRatio, within the European project Automobile. It consisted of a 3-day event with training and workshops on rapid mobile app development and a development challenge.
Participants have been introduced to the model-driven development approach by using the WebRatio visual tool based on IFML. In particular, the school focused on the Mobile edition of WebRatio, developed within the AutoMobile project. WebRatio lets developers build apps without writing code and 9 times faster than any other development approach.
In order to increase visibility and hype around the event, it has been promoted also as the first contest in Europe to focus on the rapid development of smartphone and tablet apps that connect to IoT sensors (Internet of Things).
You can download here the Flyer of the Mobile Development Days and here the document describing the details of the event.
The Automobile project concluded its activity on Sept 30, 2015, with full success.
All objectives have been achieved as expected and some results are already on the market.
On October 10th 2014, the first review of the project has been successfully completed with full satisfaction of the project partners, the EC Project Officer and the appointed external reviewer. This concludes the first period of the project and opens the second one.
Participants to the review at WebRatio premises in Lomazzo, ComoNext Technology Park and Incubator.
IFML and its mobile extensions devised within the Automobile project have been presented at ICWE 2014, the International Conference on Web Engineering, held in
The presentation has been given in the form of half-day tutorial, offered by Marco Brambilla. The slides used for the tutorial are publicly available:
The tutorial focuses on the Domain-specific Language (DSL) called IFML, which has been adopted as a standard by OMG in March 2013. The Interaction Flow Modeling Language (IFML) is designed for expressing content, user interaction and control behaviour of the front-end of software applications, as well as the binding to the persistence and business logic layers. IFML is the missing piece for modeling the front end of software applications and perfectly complements other modeling dimensions in broad system modeling projects. Therefore, IFML works best when integrated with other modeling languages in the MDA suite, such as UML and BPMN. This tutorial illustrates the basic concepts of IFML, presents the design best practices and integration with other modelling languages, and discusses some industrial experiences (also featuring quantitative measures of productivity) achieved by the companion tool WebRatio. At the end of the tutorial, attendees will get a general knowledge about IFML (they will be able to design simple models and to derive models from existing interfaces), will be able to associate front-end design with system modelling at large, will see the associated MDE tool WebRatio at work, and will get a glimpse of real-life industrial applications developed for large enterprises. This will let them appreciate the advantages of a model-driven development approach at work within large-scale industrial project.
A joint paper written by researchers of Politecnico di Milano and Ecole des Mines de Nantes has been accepted at the MobiWIS conference, to be held in September 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
The conference comprises a set of carefully selected tracks that focus on the particular challenges regarding mobile Web and innovative information systems in research areas such as, among others, Web Engineering, Service-Oriented Computing, Web of Things, Data and Knowledge Management, Cloud Computing, Security and Human-Computer Interaction.
WebRatio has been bronze sponsor of the EclipseCon 2014 in San Francisco, USA and the AutoMobile platform and IFML standard has been presented as main assets of the company.
Find more about the event at:
WebRatio has been sponsor of the Gartner Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit (AADI) in Las Vegas.
At the WebRatio booth, the capabilities and foreseen features of the AutoMobile platform has been discussed with visitors, as one of the main assets for the expansion of the WebRatio market in the United States.
A summary of the event is available here.
A technical meeting has been held in Nantes on December 17 and December 18.
The meeting has involved people from the research providers of the Automobile project, namely Marco Brambilla from Politecnico di Milano and Jordi Cabot from Ecole des Mines de Nantes.
The meeting has focused on the definition of the mobile modeling language to be used in the project. It has also included a meeting and presentation with the company Obeo, based in Nantes and working on model-driven development tools. Obeo has demonstrated the use of the new Sirius framework, which can be used as a development framework for the modeling tools within Automobile.
WebRatio joined the OMG Technical Meeting in Santa Clara, CA USA on December 9-13, 2013.
During the meeting, WebRatio displayed its booth during the exhibitor session and gave a presentation at the Analysis & Design Task Force (the one that is responsible of UML, among other things) on the status of the IFML standard, heading towards version 1.0.
During the presentation, Automobile has been discussed as a paved way towards extension of IFML for mobile devices.
The presentation given at the workshop is reported here below:
On October 23, 2013, Marco Brambilla and Matteo Sassi from WebRatio gave a seminar at SMAU 2013 on applying model-driven engineering solutions to Mobile, Cloud, and BPM technologies for fostering the business. The seminar explained the vision of the AutoMobile project towards automatic deployment of mobile apps for enterprises.
The main message is that MDD and MDE can dramatically increase efficiency, flexibility and effectiveness of the enterprise by letting it address better the needs of the customers.
The presentation is reported here below (in Italian).
In this setting, with Matteo Sassi did the demonstration of the WebRatio tool for BPMN and IFML modeling, quick prototyping and deployment of mobile web solutions.