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On the Verification of UML/OCL Class Diagrams using Constraint Programming

Jordi Cabot 1 Robert Clarisó 2 Daniel Riera 2 
1 ATLANMOD - Modeling Technologies for Software Production, Operation, and Evolution
LINA - Laboratoire d'Informatique de Nantes Atlantique, Département informatique - EMN, Inria Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique
Abstract : Assessment of the correctness of software models is a key issue to ensure the quality of the final application. To this end, this paper presents an automatic method for the verification of UML class diagrams extended with OCL constraints. Our method checks compliance of the diagram with respect to several correctness properties including weak and strong satisfiability or absence of constraint redundancies among others. The method works by translating the UML/OCL model into a Constraint Satisfaction Problem (CSP) that is evaluated using state-of-the-art constraint solvers to determine the correctness of the initial model. Our approach is particularly relevant to current MDA and MDD methods where software models are the primary artifacts of the development process and the basis for the (semi-)automatic code-generation of the final application.
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Jordi Cabot, Robert Clarisó, Daniel Riera. On the Verification of UML/OCL Class Diagrams using Constraint Programming. Journal of Systems and Software, 2014, ⟨10.1016/j.jss.2014.03.023⟩. ⟨hal-00974321⟩



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