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UML14 — Use of interfaces in associations

  • Key: UML14-960
  • Legacy Issue Number: 2921
  • Status: closed  
  • Source: University of Frankfurt ( Thomas Behrens)
  • Summary:

    The issue / problem relates to the use of interfaces in associations, i.e.
    the "type" association in the meta model between AssociationEnd and

    Besides the use of a syntactical interface specification, I use the
    interfaces as well as the location to provide semantics, using OCL.

    OCL provides a well-defined way to navigate along association ends. Where
    actually interfaces would provide the semantic context for association ends,
    I have to refrain from specifiying those on the interface, but have to defer
    this association to the realizing class.

    As an alternative it is possible to provide getter and setter operations
    providing access to the association ends in the deferred implementation. But
    this presents two other problems:
    a) this public (as no other ones are allowed) operation on the interface
    will need to be realized any realizing class (and I do not always want to
    compromise this information)
    b) the return value of the operation (in case of a multiplicity > 1) will
    not per se have the same OCL "accessibility" as an association end;
    furthermore tools - at this point in time - provide significant better
    control in terms of verification for associations than for operation
    parameters / return values.

  • Reported: UML 1.2 — Mon, 27 Sep 1999 04:00 GMT
  • Disposition: Resolved — UML 1.3
  • Disposition Summary:


  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 21:37 GMT