Category Archives: IFML

Automobile School and Hackathon

www_webratio_com_events_Flyer_Mobile_Development_Days_pdf 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.

IFML and mobile extensions presented at ICWE 2014

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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.

AutoMobile paper accepted at MobiWIS 2014 in Barcelona

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.

The contribution of the AutoMobile paper  proposes a model-driven approach to mobile application development based on the IFML standard. We propose an extension of the OMG’s Interaction Flow Modeling Language (IFML) tailored to mobile applications and we describe our implementation experience that comprises the development of automatic code generators for cross-platform mobile applications based on HTML5, CSS and JavaScript optimized for the Apache Cordova framework. We show the approach at work on a popular mobile application, we report on the application of the approach on an industrial application development project and we provide a productivity comparison with traditional approaches.


Automobile and WebRatio at the OMG meeting in Silicon Valley

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:

Seminar and demo at SMAU 2013

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.