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Re: [argouml-users] Making Profiles "Discoverable"

Author phidias
Full name Mark Fortner
Date 2011-08-02 07:57:58 PDT
Message Hi Thomas,
Thanks for the reply. I think Profile support is one of those areas where
we haven't quite thought through how ArgoUML gets used in real-world
software development projects. Or how it might get used if people understood
some of its intricacies like profiles. ;-) Here are a couple of

   1. *Setting standards:* Invariably as soon as you have two or more
   developers you want them to be able to share certain common pieces of
   information. Profiles containing commonly used stereotypes is one example;
   templates, is another. In order to share information people tend to put up
   a wiki or have a shared drive. For us this means we'd need to support more
   than one kind of file system (perhaps through Commons VFS, or eventually the
   new Java NIO file systems introduced in Java 7). But this kind of support
   also makes profile and template development easier for us, since we can
   publish them through the website. [

   2. *Evolving profiles:* Typically profiles evolve as you're modelling.
    You want to be able to create or modify profiles on the fly. Currently the
   only way to do this is to to open a second instance of ArgoUML, and edit
   your profiles there, and then reload them in the first instance of ArgoUML.
    This obviously isn't the most intuitive or efficient way of doing it. It
   would be nicer if you could simply right-click on the Profiles folder in the
   Explorer and add a new profile there, or modify one of the existing
   profiles. When you create the profile you should then be allowed to create
   stereotypes and tagged data elements directly from the Explorer.

   3. *Design Reviews:* At the end of all of this modelling, you usually
   have a design review. During the review you walk the attendees through the
   relevant parts of the design. You can add critics to elements in the
   design, but if you do there's no way to walk through the critics grouped by
   the people that added them. For example, I'd like to be able to go around
   the table and address the comments made by each person, but when you order
   the critics "By Poster" you get a blank folder with no title, and a list of
   critics. When you create the critic there's no way to specify the Poster of
   the critic, perhaps it should just default to the System user name property.

   4. *Existing Code Bases:* If you have an existing code base, you want to
   be able to highlight those parts of the existing code base that will change.
    Doing this with stereotypes is fine, but putting <<new>> in front of a
   method tends to get lost in some of the larger classes. It would be useful
   to be able to turn the method compartment green (or perhaps some other
   color) to highlight that it's new. You would want that kind of style
   information to be included in the profile so that a standard color scheme is
   used by all developers.

   5. *Code Generation: *After the design is approved, you want to quickly
   generate code and get on with the implementation. But there are often
   artifacts generated in the code that don't belong there, [
   http://argouml.tigri​s.org/issues/show_bu​g.cgi?id=6239]. You also want to
   be able to add your own copyright header. [
   http://argouml.tigri​s.org/issues/show_bu​g.cgi?id=5093] Having editable
   templates means that the code you generate stands a greater chance of
   passing checkstyle reviews without additional manual editing.

   6. *Testing: *If you're a TDD shop (or just someone who wants better test
   coverage) you also want to be able to generate unit tests for the code that
   you just generated. [

Hope this helps,


On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 1:11 AM, Thomas Neustupny <thn-d at gmx dot de> wrote:

> Hi Mark,
> you can't avoid the display of the whole (system specific) path in the
> profile configuration. Also, there is no (relative) standard path to
> profiles, you configure your profile directories in edit->settings->profiles
> (default XMI directories). Hm, maybe we could strip the displayed path in
> the profile configuration if it is one of the configured directories?
> Sharing profiles: share the XMI files. Everyone who uses it is responsible
> for the loading of the profile in her/his ArgoUML instance. But there is
> another way to share profiles: wrap them in a module and share the .jar file
> (has just to be put into the ext/ directory of ArgoUML). Easier for the
> recipients, but requires developer skills for the creator, unless you use
> the "module generator" module, here is a doc that demonstrate the idea how
> to do it: http://argouml-modul​egenerator.tigris.or​g/documentation.html​
> So this module will create the sources of a profile module for you. I can
> help you with either that module or directly with the (reusable) profile
> module sources in case you don't want to use the module generator.
> Thomas
> -------- Original-Nachricht --------
> > Datum: Mon, 1 Aug 2011 17:38:03 -0700
> > Von: Mark Fortner <phidias51 at gmail dot com>
> > An: users at argouml dot tigris dot org
> > Betreff: [argouml-users] Making Profiles "Discoverable"
> > I've been tinkering with some profiles and I was wondering if there is a
> > directory that ArgoUML will always check to "discover" available
> profiles.
> > Perhaps the .argouml directory? The reason I ask is that currently the
> > profiles show a complete path to any profile that you add in the
> explorer.
> > However, I frequently move back and forth between Windows, Linux and
> > MacOS
> > X. It would be nice if there were a single directory that I could put my
> > profiles, that would always be resolved regardless of the platform I was
> > using.
> >
> > Also, is there a way to share profiles? I would like to be able to post
> > some profiles on our intranet, and it would be useful to be able to
> > specify
> > an http-type URL for the profiles.
> >
> > Any suggestions will be appreciated,
> >
> > Mark
> >
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[argouml-users] Making Profiles "Discoverable" phidias Mark Fortner 2011-08-01 17:38:04 PDT
     Re: [argouml-users] Making Profiles "Discoverable" thn Thomas Neustupny 2011-08-02 01:11:24 PDT
         Re: [argouml-users] Making Profiles "Discoverable" phidias Mark Fortner 2011-08-02 07:57:58 PDT
             Re: [argouml-users] Making Profiles "Discoverable" tfmorris Tom Morris 2011-08-02 12:17:57 PDT
                 Re: [argouml-users] Making Profiles "Discoverable" phidias Mark Fortner 2011-08-02 12:27:07 PDT
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