Example queries on XMI models

These are some sample queries that can be done on any set of indexed XMI-based UML models, assuming that Class::name has been added as an indexed attribute and Class::ownedOperationCount has been defined as a derived attribute (as showed in [[Basic concepts and usage]]). All the queries are written in the Epsilon Object Language.

In order to index XMI-based UML models, you only need to enable the UMLMetaModelResourceFactory and UMLModelResourceFactory plugins when you create a new Hawk instance, and ensure your files have the .uml extension. If you are using any predefined UML data types, you may also want to add a PredefinedUMLLibraries location inside "Indexed Locations": that will integrate those predefined objects into the Hawk graph, allowing you to reference them on queries.

The rest of this article will run on this toy XMI-based UML file, which was exported from this Modelio 3.2.1 project:

Example UML model

To avoid ambiguity in type names, the default namespaces list in the query dialog should include the UML metamodel URI (http://www.eclipse.org/uml2/5.0.0/UML for the above UML.ecore file).

All instances of a type

return Class.all.size;

Returns the total number of classes within the specified scope. If you leave "Context Files" empty, it'll count all the classes in all the projects. If you put "*OSS.modelio.zip" in "Context Files", it'll count only the classes within the OSS project. This is faster than going through the model because we can go to the Class node and then simply count all the incoming edges with label "ofType".

Query result

Reference slots in a type

return Model.types.select(t|t.name='Class').references;

Gives you all the reference slots in the UML "Class" type. This is an example of the queries that can be performed at the "meta" level: more details are available in [[Meta level queries in Hawk]]. The query dialog with the result would look like this:

Query result

Reference traversal

return Class.all

Gives you the names of all the superclasses of class Zebra within model zoo.

Query result

Reverse reference traversal

return Class.all

Gives the names of all the subclasses of Animal (follows "superClass" in reverse). The UML metamodel doesn't have "subclass" links, but we can use Hawk's automatic support for reverse traversal of references. In general, if x.e is a reference, we can follow it in reverse with x.revRefNav_e. We can also access containers using x.eContainer.

Query result

Range queries with indexed or derived integer attributes

return Class.all.select(c|c.ownedOperationCount > 0).name;

Finds the names of the classes with at least one operation of their own.

Query result

Advanced example: loops, variables and custom operations

var counts = Sequence {};
var i = 0;
var n = count(0);
while (n > 0) {
  counts.add(Sequence {">" + i, n});
  i = i + 1;
  n = count(i);

return counts;

operation count(n) {
  return Class.all.select(c|c.ownedOperationCount > n).size;

Query result

This query produces a sequence of >x, y pairs which indicate that y classes have more than x operations of their own.