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  1. OMG Issue

UMLR — inconsistency in the action model

  • Key: UMLR-27
  • Legacy Issue Number: 7337
  • Status: open  
  • Source: Missouri University of Science and Technology ( Thomas Weigert)
  • Summary:

    There is an inconsistency in the action model between actions for StructuralFeatures in general, and actions operating on links. The family of structural feature action, such as WriteStructuralFeatureAction, are defined for any kind of structural feature. Consequentially, these actions can manipulate values that are not due to attributes or assication ends (both special cases of Property) but of any kind of StructuralFeature. However, actions defined for links can only operate on links that are due to associations in the model. This because LinkEnd is identified through the association to a Property (named "end"). However, there are other links in the model, such as those due to Connectors. To make these consistent, one either should limit the structural feature actions to apply to Properties (rather than StructuralFeatures), or one should generalize the link actions to apply to liks identified by any StructuralFeature, not just to links identified by Properties. This difference in generality does, of course, not matter for the UML as defined, but it could hamper the deployment of actions to profiles that define other kinds of links. (This is, luckily, not a problem for links due to Connectors, as we can argue that for links due to connectors that are not explicitly typed, these are identified by the ends of the derived associations.)

  • Reported: UML 2.0 — Sat, 15 May 2004 04:00 GMT
  • Updated: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:57 GMT