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Semantics through Pictures

Kent, Stuart and Hamie, Ali and Howse, John and Civello, Franco and Mitchell, Richard (1997) Semantics through Pictures. In: Object-Oriented Technologys ECOOP’97 Workshop Reader ECOOP’97 Workshops. Lecture Notes in Computer Science . Springer, Berlin, Germany, pp. 182-187. ISBN 978-3-540-64039-4. E-ISBN 978-3-540-69687-2. (doi:10.1007/3-540-69687-3_38) (KAR id:21446)


A diagrammatic approach to the semantics of OO modelling notations is proposed. This is based on an innovative and expressive notation dubbed ''constraint diagrams'', which can be used to precisely characterise a range of sophisticated, static constraints on OO models. Other notations, such as those found in UML, can be viewed as projections of constraint diagrams. Work on using constraint diagrams at the core of a 3D modelling notation is also briefly described as a means of similarly providing the semantics of diagrams imposing constraints on dynamic behaviour.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/3-540-69687-3_38
Uncontrolled keywords: State Diagram; Abstract Syntax; Modelling Notation; Cardinality Constraint; Type Diagram
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 76 Software, computer programming,
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Mark Wheadon
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2009 17:36 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 09:59 UTC
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