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Processing UML models with visual scripts

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2 Author(s)
Peltonen, J. ; Software Syst. Lab., Tampere Univ. of Technol., Finland ; Selonen, P.

We discuss how a CASE-tool supporting the Unified Modeling Language (UML) can be customized and extended using a visual scripting mechanism. We introduce a set of UML model operations that can be used, for example, to transform a UML diagram of one type into another, and to perform set theoretical operations on them. We discuss a visual scripting mechanism that can be used for executing these operations and for combining them to construct new operations with higher-level functionality. The visual scripting mechanism allows the automation of often-repeated software engineering tasks. We present examples of using the proposed techniques in UML based software engineering. We have a prototype implementation integrated to a real world UML modeling tool, the Nokia TED. The aim of this paper is to show how model operations can be exploited to perform interesting model analysis tasks, and how a visual language that uses these operations as primitives may be used for composing useful high-level functions for various software engineering purposes

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Human-Centric Computing Languages and Environments, 2001. Proceedings IEEE Symposia on

Date of Conference:

2001