|How to model models with object definitions and instances [message #735571]
||Wed, 12 October 2011 05:03
Registered: October 2011
I am reaching out to the forums to pose a question on modelling best-practices.
I am developing a meta-model for generic systems made up of components and connections - e.g. digital circuits. My meta-model contains:
* elements to describe a component and its internal behaviour;
* elements to describe the connections between components.
My systems can contain multiple components of the same type: for example I can have a digital circuit with 3 components, each of them being a logical AND gate. With my current meta-model, each AND gate is an instance of the class "Component".
My problem is: each time I create a new instance of the class "Component", I also need to define its full behaviour. Therefore, having 3 AND gates, I need to define the same behaviour 3 times.
In other words, my models are flat - i.e. they do not contain any concept of object definition and object instantiation.
I would like to develop a meta-model that lets me create a definition of, say, a generic AND gate, and also lets me create several instances of this generic AND gate.
Has anyone come across this modelling problem?
Thank you in advance,
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