User Assistance Characteristics of the USE Model Checking Tool

Frank Hilken
(University of Bremen)
Martin Gogolla
(University of Bremen)

The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a widely used general purpose modeling language. Together with the Object Constraint Language (OCL), formal models can be described by defining the structure and behavior with UML and additional OCL constraints. In the development process for formal models, it is important to make sure that these models are (a) correct, i.e. consistent and complete, and (b) testable in the sense that the developer is able to interactively check model properties. The USE tool (UML-based Specification Environment) allows both characteristics to be studied. We demonstrate how the tool supports modelers to analyze, validate and verify UML and OCL models via the use of several graphical means that assist the modeler in interpreting and visualizing formal model descriptions. In particular, we discuss how the so-called USE model validator plugin is integrated into the USE environment in order to allow non domain experts to use it and construct object models that help to verify properties like model consistency.

In Catherine Dubois, Paolo Masci and Dominique Méry: Proceedings of the Third Workshop on Formal Integrated Development Environment (F-IDE 2016), Limassol, Cyprus, November 8, 2016, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 240, pp. 91–97.
Published: 27th January 2017.

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