[gme-users] Interoperability with XMI-compliant tools

Joe Porter joe.porter at gmail.com
Thu Apr 3 12:40:18 CDT 2008


Are these tools going to be included in an upcoming GME release?  It sounds
like they would be very useful, particularly in light of the fairly strong
reverse engineering capabilities of EA.


On Thu, Apr 3, 2008 at 9:46 AM, Zoltan Molnar <zoltan.molnar at vanderbilt.edu>

> Hi,
> What i can tell, is my little experience about interoperability:
> We have created a tool a while ago (kind of a standalone modelbuilder,
> operating on MgaProjects like an interpreter) for migrating Enterprise
> Arcihtect models (UML) into GME, the result was a MetaGME model, that is
> a metamodel.
> We we have seen that the models exported through 'Export to MOF/XMI'
> command from Enterprise Architect, left out completely the associations.
> (I can't recall which MOF/XMI version pair did support EA, but the
> bottom line is that it was not suitable.)
> So we had to use the 'Export to UML' feature, and after figuring out the
> logic of the exported file, our tool was able to build a MetaGME model,
> by supposing that each UML element in EA will be mapped into a <<Model>>
> in the destination MetaGME model.
> Associations were preserved. So we can conclude, that we created basicly
> a tool which was able to map UML models automatically from a EA's XML
> custom format (just like our non-standard .XME file format) to GME's
> custom MetaGME model.
> [Note: This process gave born to another tool QuickReplace, an
> interpreter basicly, in MetaGME, which could change the selected
> object's stereotype instantly: for example from a <<Model>> to an
> <<Atom>>, while preserving certain (e.g. ReferTo, SetMember,
> ContainedBy) relationships.]
> br, Zoli
> jhoffert at dre.vanderbilt.edu wrote:
> > Hello, all.
> >
> > One disadvantage I've heard for using GME is the lack of
> interoperability
> > with XMI-compliant tools. If this is the case is this simply because a
> > metamodel can not be expressed in Meta-Object Facility (MOF)? If so, why
> > can't it be? If not, why not?
> >
> > Is the .xme format that GME uses not compatible with MOF?
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> > -Joe
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