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Isolating and Reusing Template Instances in UML

  • Matthieu Allon
  • Gilles Vanwormhoudt
  • Bernard Carré
  • Olivier Caron
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9764)

Abstract

In MBE, design of systems can be improved and accelerated thanks to reusable models which are made available in model repositories or libraries. One answer for designing reusable models is parameterization as offered by UML templates and their binding relationship. The standard aims at embracing under the same constructs two distinct kinds of template usages, namely template instantiation and aspectual binding. Template instantiation is concerned with the capacity of UML templates to model generic components (like C++ templates or Java generics) and produce new models from their binding. Aspectual binding is much more concerned with the capacity of UML templates to specify functionalities to inject into models of systems (contexts) which must conform to a required parameter model. In this paper, we focus on the generative interpretation of UML template binding. On the basis of a deep analysis of the standard, it will be shown that template binding consists in template instantiation plus context merging. This allows to isolate the capacity of instantiating templates (under their generative view) to get reusable models coming from applicative contexts. Then the possibility of partial instantiation inspired by partial binding as promoted by the standard is studied. At a practical level, related functionalities are offered within Eclipse.

Keywords

UML templates Aspectual templates Template binding Partial binding Template instantiation 

Notes

Acknowledgement

We would like to thank the anonymous reviewers for their work and comments in order to improve the presentation of the results.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthieu Allon
    • 1
  • Gilles Vanwormhoudt
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bernard Carré
    • 1
  • Olivier Caron
    • 1
  1. 1.University of LilleCRIStAL Lab. (UMR CNRS 9189)Villeneuve-d’ascqFrance
  2. 2.Mines-Telecom InstituteVilleneuve-d’ascqFrance

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