Package org.eclipse.ocl

Definition of the extensible environment API for OCL parsing and evaluation.


Interface Summary
Environment<PK,C,O,P,EL,PM,S,COA,SSA,CT,CLS,E> An Environment stores the variables created while evaluating an OCL expression, including self.
Environment.Internal<PK,C,O,P,EL,PM,S,COA,SSA,CT,CLS,E> An interface that merges the Environment and BasicEnvironment interfaces that define the behaviour realised in abstract form by AbstractEnvironment.
Environment.Lookup<PK,C,O,P> Optional adapter interface for look-up methods that throw LookupExceptions on abnormal failures (usually ambiguous names).
Environment.Registry A registry of environments.
EnvironmentFactory<PK,C,O,P,EL,PM,S,COA,SSA,CT,CLS,E> A factory for creating OCL parser Environments.
EnvironmentFactory.Lookup<PK,C,O,P,EL,PM,S,COA,SSA,CT,CLS,E> Optional adapter interface for look-up methods that throw LookupExceptions on abnormal failures (usually ambiguous names).
EvaluationEnvironment<C,O,P,CLS,E> The evaluation environment keeps track of the current values of variables in the evaluation of an OCL expression.
EvaluationEnvironment.Enumerations<EL> Optional adapter interface for evaluation environments that support additional enumeration evaluation capabilities.
EvaluationVisitor<PK,C,O,P,EL,PM,S,COA,SSA,CT,CLS,E> A specialized visitor that is used for evaluation an OCL expression by walking its AST.
Query<C,CLS,E> An OCL constraint or query.
TypeChecker<C,O,P> This optional interface is to be implemented by clients that want to add type checking capabilities to their Environment.
TypeResolver<C,O,P> Definition of a resolver for the dynamically-generated OCL types based on the types in the user model.

Class Summary
AbstractEnvironment<PK,C,O,P,EL,PM,S,COA,SSA,CT,CLS,E> A partial implementation of the Environment interface providing some useful common behavior for providers of metamodel bindings.
AbstractEnvironmentFactory<PK,C,O,P,EL,PM,S,COA,SSA,CT,CLS,E> Partial implementation of the EnvironmentFactory interface, useful for subclassing to define the OCL binding for a metamodel.
AbstractEvaluationEnvironment<C,O,P,CLS,E> A partial implementation of the EvaluationEnvironment interface, providing some useful common behaviors.
AbstractEvaluationVisitor<PK,C,O,P,EL,PM,S,COA,SSA,CT,CLS,E> An evaluation visitor implementation for OCL expressions.
AbstractTypeChecker<C,O,P,PM> Implementation of the TypeChecker interface which offers the default implementation for the type checking system.
AbstractTypeResolver<PK,C,O,P,PM> A partial implementation of the TypeResolver interface, useful for providers of environment implementations to build their type resolvers.
EvaluationVisitorDecorator<PK,C,O,P,EL,PM,S,COA,SSA,CT,CLS,E> A visitor that decorates another EvaluationVisitor, to intercept invocations of the visitXxx(...)
EvaluationVisitorImpl<PK,C,O,P,EL,PM,S,COA,SSA,CT,CLS,E> An evaluation visitor implementation for OCL expressions.
LazyExtentMap<CLS,E> A self-populating map that lazily creates the extent of a class when asked for it.
OCL<PK,C,O,P,EL,PM,S,COA,SSA,CT,CLS,E> The Façade for parsing and evaluation of OCL documents and constraints.
OCLInput Encapsulation of an OCL document, which may be obtained from a string or from a stream.

Exception Summary
AmbiguousLookupException A specialized LookupException denoting specifically that the problem is multiple ambiguous results.
EvaluationHaltedException Exception indicating a managed interruption of evaluation.
InvalidLookupException A specialized LookupException denoting specifically that the problem is a single result that is invalid or otherwise unexpected.
LookupException Exception indicating a semantic error in looking up a definition, typically resulting from an ambiguity.
ParserException Exception indicating a failure to parse or validate OCL constraints.
SemanticException Exception indicating a semantic error in parsing or validating OCL expressions.
SyntaxException Exception indicating a syntax error in parsing OCL expressions.

Package org.eclipse.ocl Description

Definition of the extensible environment API for OCL parsing and evaluation.

Package Specification

This package defines the API for the environments in which OCL expressions are parsed and evaluated, along with the parser façade.

First, and most importantly to users of the OCL parser API, parsing of OCL documents is performed by the OCL parser façade. OCL documents are provide as OCLInput objects, obtaining their content from a string or a data stream. These documents declare constraints of the following forms in one or more classifier, operation, or property contexts (with optional package context declarations):

These constraints are defined within the context of a particular OCL instance; thus the OCL defines a root environment. Disparate sets of constraints (including additional operations and properties) may be defined in multiple different OCLs. The constraints and OCLExpressions parsed by an OCL may be checked (in the case of constraints) or evaluated (in the case of expressions) by the OCL on a context element, an instance of the metamodel supported by that OCL's environment factory.

The OCLHelper interface provides a convenient API for parsing constraints and query expressions on a finer granularity than the document. It is particularly convenient for parsing end evaluating constraints that are embedded in models, in which the context is usually defined by the placement of the constraint. The OCL helper also provides content-assist (expression completion) facilities.

The Environment interface describes the environment in which an OCL expression is parsed. The environment provides two major functions to the parser:

Environments are created by environment factories. An EnvironmentFactory is provided to an OCL to create environments when it needs to. Environment factories are the starting point for plugging an EMF-based metamodel into the parser framework. The environments that they create provide the bindings for the generic types representing the UML concepts required by OCL, and perform introspection of the particular metamodel. Abstract partial implementations of the factory and environment are provided and may be extended by clients to support their metamodels. Existing concrete implementations of the environment API may be found in the org.eclipse.ocl.ecore package (for the OCL binding to Ecore) and the org.eclipse.ocl.uml package (for the OCL binding to UML).

While the Environment class provides a parse-time environment, the EvaluationEnvironment keeps track of the current values of variables in the evaluation of an OCL expression. It also implements the metamodel-specific mechanisms for invoking operations, navigating properties, etc. The EnvironmentFactory is responsible for constructing EvaluationEnvironments. For evaluating OCL constraints, the EvaluationVisitor walks the AST (parsed representation of an OCL expression), using the evaluation environment to compute values. The AbstractEnvironmentFactory creates a useful default implementation of the evaluation visitor, which supports any metamodel binding. The behavior of this default implementation may be modified as need by custom environment factories, by wrapping it with a custom visitor.

See Also:
OCL, EnvironmentFactory, Environment, org.eclipse.ocl.helper

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