Creating Object Diagram using Open API

tomcat-thumbIn Unified Modeling Language the Class Diagram is a typical diagram for model the static structure of a system. The Class Diagram gives developer a clear picture about how the classes are related to each other. But it only model about the static structure, not about the running instance. For the running instance the Class Diagram is realized by the Object Diagram. In this article we will show you how to create object diagram with Open API.

Object Diagram which we are going to create via Open API

Object Diagram which we are going to create via Open API

This is the object diagram we are going to create. It only have 2 Instance Specification and a link between them. Each Instance Specification have the slot defined reflect the features on the base classifier.

Create Base Classifiers

Let’s start by create the base classifiers for our Instance Specification. We only need to create them in model repository and there is no need to create them into diagram. We first create the classes.

// create base classifiers Person and its attribute
IClass classPerson = IModelElementFactory.instance().createClass();
IAttribute attrPersonName = classPerson.createAttribute();
attrPersonName.setType("String");// create base classifiers Car and its attributes
IClass classCar = IModelElementFactory.instance().createClass();
IAttribute attrCarBrand = classCar.createAttribute();
IAttribute attrCarType = classCar.createAttribute();

After create the classes we then create an association between the 2 classes.

// create association between Person and Car
IAssociation association = IModelElementFactory.instance().createAssociation();

Create Blank Object Diagram

Now we are ready to create our Object Diagram. We can use the DiagramManager.createDiagram to create a blank object diagram:

// create blank object diagram
DiagramManager diagramManager = ApplicationManager.instance().getDiagramManager();
IObjectDiagramUIModel diagram = (IObjectDiagramUIModel) diagramManager.createDiagram(IDiagramTypeConstants.DIAGRAM_TYPE_OBJECT_DIAGRAM);

Creating Instance Specification and Slots

Next we try to create the Instance Specification.

// create instance specification model for Person
IInstanceSpecification objPerson = IModelElementFactory.instance().createInstanceSpecification();
objPerson.setName("John Doe"); // specify the name of the instance specification model
objPerson.addClassifier(classPerson); // specify base classifier for the instance specification

Once the Instance Specification is being created, we can then define the slot to represent the features in the Instance Specification.

// create slot for name attribute of Person instance specification
ISlot slotPersonName = IModelElementFactory.instance().createSlot();
slotPersonName.setFeature(attrPersonName); // specify the slot is reference to the name attribute of Person class
// create value specification for the slot
ICompositeValueSpecification valueSpecPersonName = IModelElementFactory.instance().createCompositeValueSpecification();
valueSpecPersonName.setValue("John Doe"); // specify the value
slotPersonName.addValue(valueSpecPersonName); // add value specification to slot
objPerson.addSlot(slotPersonName); // add the slot to Person instance specification

After the Instance Specification model is created, we can then create a view for it in our diagram.

// create view for instance specification of Person on diagram
IInstanceSpecificationUIModel objPersonShape = (IInstanceSpecificationUIModel) diagramManager.createDiagramElement(diagram, objPerson);
objPersonShape.setBounds(100, 105, 110, 45); // specify the location for instance specification of Person
objPersonShape.setRequestResetCaption(true); // set to automatic calculate the initial caption position

OK, now it’s your turn to create Instance Specification for the Car class.

Creating Link between Instance Specification

After both Instance Specification being created, we can then create a link between them.

// create link model between instance specification of Person and Car
ILink link = IModelElementFactory.instance().createLink();
// set the from end to instance specification of Person
// set the to end to instance specification of Car
link.addClassifier(association); // set the association as its base classifier// create view of the link in diagram
ILinkUIModel linkShape = (ILinkUIModel) diagramManager.createConnector(diagram, link, objPersonShape, objCarShape, new Point[] {new Point(210, 130), new Point(400, 130)});

Show up the diagram

Finally we can show up the diagram.

// show up the diagram

Sample Plugin

The sample plugin attached in this article demonstrate how to create object diagram using Open API. After you deploy the plugin into Visual Paradigm you can then click the plugin button in the application toolbar to trigger it.

Trigger sample plugin

Trigger sample plugin

Download Sample Plugin

You can click this link to download the sample plugin.

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