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Evolution of the UML Interactions Metamodel

Abstract

UML Interactions represent one of the three different behavior kinds of the UML. In general, they specify the exchange of messages among parts of a system. Although UML Interactions can reside on different level of abstractions, they seem to be sufficiently elaborated for a higher-level of abstraction where they are used for sketching the communication among parts. Its metamodel reveals some fuzziness and imprecision where definitions should be accurate and concise, though.

In this paper, we propose improvements to the UML Interactions’ metamodel for Message arguments and Loop CombinedFragments that make them more versatile. We will justify the needs for the improvements by precisely showing the shortcomings of the related parts of the metamodel. We demonstrate the expressiveness of the improvements by applying them to examples that current Interactions definition handles awkwardly

Category

Academic article

Client

  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 221346

Language

English

Author(s)

  • Marc-Florian Wendland
  • Martin Schneider
  • Øystein Haugen

Affiliation

  • Germany
  • SINTEF Digital / Software and Service Innovation

Year

2013

Published in

Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)

ISSN

0302-9743

Publisher

Springer

Volume

8107

Page(s)

405 - 421

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