Openflexo infrastructure to support federation

Each business manages its own set of information, domain specific languages, tools, models....

Extending, combining, synchronizing, representing them in a suited environment without duplicating this set of data is therefore key.

Openflexo offers a dedicated language (Flexo Modeling Language or FML) for defining domain-specific perspectives in relation to heterogeneous and separated technologies.

Besides it provides a set of mecanisms for manipulating and representing federated informations.

Virtual Models, Flexo Concepts, Flexo Roles and Flexo Behaviours

In order to manipulate informations Openflexo aggregates them in an atomic notion called Flexo Concept.

A Flexo Concept associates various informations from different information sources(models, metamodels, graphical representation, GUI, spreesheets etc…).

These associations are called a Flexo Roles. A Model Slot is a reference pointing a kind of information resource(Excel sheet, EMF metamodel...), or even a Virtual model.

Flexo Concepts can be grouped by concerns within a modeling space named Virtual Model.

Openflexo provides a support to manipulate Flexo Concepts. Thereby Flexo Behaviours represent manipulation primitives, such as creation, deletion, access (navigation), etc… (see Working with Flexo Behaviours)

In Openflexo a Viewpoint provides the convention, rules and technologies for constructing, presenting and analysing Views. A Viewpoint aggregated a set of Virtual models.

An Openflexo View is the instantiation of a particular Viewpoint with its own Objective relevant to some of the preoccupations of the Viewpoint.

Openflexo Core depends on Connie, Pamela, Diana and Gina projects.

Contents of this package

Openflexo Core Library mainly contains two parts:

The "model-layer":

  • FlexoFoundation, which contains the core code for FML
  • FML parser, which is an implementation for FML parser
  • FlexoOntology, which is an extension of fml-core dedicated to "strict-modelling" tools
  • FlexoDocumentation, which is an extension of fml-core dedicated to formatted text tools

The "UI-layer" (Swing):

  • Flexo-UI, which contains the core code for FML-core Swing tooling
  • FML-UI, which provides Swing tooling for FML
  • FML@runtime-UI, which provides Swing tooling for FML@runtime
  • FlexoOntology-UI, which provides Swing tooling for FlexoOntology extension
  • FlexoDocumentation-UI, which provides Swing tooling for FlexoDocumentation extension