Model-driven development improves reuse

One notable benefit of model-driven development that is often underrated is improved reuse. This is a direct consequence of appropriate separation of concerns promoted by this development approach. The more intertwined concerns are when addressed in a piece of code, the harder it is to reuse that piece of code. The reason is simple: whenever you tie a solution for one concern to a solution for another concern, you are in trouble: you cannot reuse that piece of code where only one of the concerns is relevant, or the solution for one of the concerns is not appropriate (even if the solution for the other concern is).

Model-driven development promotes an approach where problem-domain concerns are addressed separately from implementation concerns. That means artifacts dealing with problem-domain concerns are free from any specifics on target platforms, and also that artifacts addressing implementation-related concerns are totally unaware of any problem domain knowledge.

That is fantastic, and the reason is twofold:

  1. it makes it viable to build a repository of platform-independent problem-domain specific components, likely created by people that are experts in their domain, that can be reused on different target platforms;
  2. it allows implementation specialists to code their technology-specific implementation strategies as standalone artifacts (i.e. templates), which can then be shared and reused in applications for the most varied problem domains.

The software industry has been looking for a long time for a way of encapsulating knowledge about specific problem domains in the form of platform-independent software components. Model-driven development with true executable models enables that dream.

For many decades, valuable business logic has been imprisoned into obsolescence-prone implementation-specific artifacts. We are working hard on a product that will help stop this insanity and finally make the dream of truly reusable component repositories a reality.

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  1. [...] driven development maximizes reuse via a complete separation between problem domain and technological concerns. This separation is critical to allow us to build software in an obsolescence-proof way. [...]

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