Enabling the generation of web applications from mockups

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D'Souza, Chris, Deufemia, Vincenzo, Ginige, Athula and Polese, Giuseppe. (2018) Enabling the generation of web applications from mockups. Software: Practice and Experience. 48(4), pp. 945 - 973. https://doi.org/10.1002/spe.2559
AuthorsD'Souza, Chris, Deufemia, Vincenzo, Ginige, Athula and Polese, Giuseppe
Abstract

Mockups are widely used to elicit and validate user requirements in web applications, and several intuitive tools have been developed in recent years, actively involving the end user in the requirements solicitation process. However, most current web development approaches and tools discard mockups after the information‐gathering process, abandoning the opportunity to exploit underlying information in them for autogenerating functional web applications. To overcome this limitation, we have devised a method for deriving the database schema and the logic of the web application from the information contained within mockups. In particular, the method gathers clues on how to organize the data and the control flow of the web application by analyzing the structure and relationships of the widgets in the mockup. Based on the proposed method, we have implemented a tool supporting the generation of web applications abiding by the model‐view‐controller architectural pattern. The tool has been evaluated by involving several end users in the development of web applications for different domains.

Keywordsbusiness information systems; database; end-user development; human-computer interaction; mockups; web application modeling
Year2018
JournalSoftware: Practice and Experience
Journal citation48 (4), pp. 945 - 973
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons
ISSN0038-0644
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/spe.2559
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85043241924
Page range945 - 973
Research GroupPeter Faber Business School
Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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