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Extend UML2 (EMF) and still use graphical editing [message #628557] Sat, 24 July 2010 22:24 Go to next message
Kirsten M. Z. is currently offline Kirsten M. Z.
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Registered: July 2010
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Hi @all,

I have to extend UML in order to create a new language "MyLang" based on UML class diagrams. I have already found everything I need in order to create the metamodel of this language based on Ecore.

e.g. my ecore package contains this EClass:
MyClass -> Class

so, I now have an own class type MyClass based on UML2 classes.

Now I want to be able to create a model of "MyLang" graphically. My wish: using an existing graphical Ecore/UML modelling tool. Of course, I don't expect the editor to know my extension and how they can be edited graphically. However, "MyClass" is a "Class", so the editor could display it as regular class ignoring additional attributes he does not know about. I want to be able to add such stuff "by hand" / text editor.

Do you know a suitable editor / approach / technology for my plans?

(BTW: Profiles are NOT what I need)

Thank you very much!
Re: Extend UML2 (EMF) and still use graphical editing [message #628558 is a reply to message #628557] Sun, 25 July 2010 01:48 Go to previous message
Ed Merks is currently offline Ed Merks
Messages: 26152
Registered: July 2009
Senior Member
Have you considered using profiles instead? I.e., light weight
extension rather than heavy weight extension... You'll get a lot more
reuse that way.


michlz@gmx.de wrote:
> Hi @all,
>
> I have to extend UML in order to create a new language "MyLang" based
> on UML class diagrams. I have already found everything I need in order
> to create the metamodel of this language based on Ecore.
>
> e.g. my ecore package contains this EClass:
> MyClass -> Class
>
> so, I now have an own class type MyClass based on UML2 classes.
>
> Now I want to be able to create a model of "MyLang" graphically. My
> wish: using an existing graphical Ecore/UML modelling tool. Of course,
> I don't expect the editor to know my extension and how they can be
> edited graphically. However, "MyClass" is a "Class", so the editor
> could display it as regular class ignoring additional attributes he
> does not know about. I want to be able to add such stuff "by hand" /
> text editor.
>
> Do you know a suitable editor / approach / technology for my plans?
>
> (BTW: Profiles are NOT what I need)
>
> Thank you very much!
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