Forward Engineering

The Forward Engineering component is a code generator module based on Acceleo Model to Text Transformation – which is part of Eclipse Modeling project – and can be applied to standard UML2 models to generate OpenEdge ABL code. Current implementation offers support for OpenEdge Object Oriented constructs for the following elements:

  • Interface
    • public properties
    • public methods
  • Class
    • inheritance (generalization)
    • interfaces realization
    • all properties
    • all methods
    • constructors (methods with the same name as the class)
    • interface implementation (all methods from implemented interfaces)
    • internal temp-tables, datasets (nested components)
    • referenced (dependency) temp-tables, datasets (includes if not nested, in-line definition for nested components)
    • protected user code sections for methods and class main block (don’t get overwritten on re-generation)
  • Temp-Table – class that inherits “Temp-Table” primitive type (generalization)
    • generate as include file if not nested component (internal class)
    • all properties as fields
    • all methods as indexes
  • Dataset – class that inherits “Dataset” primitive type (generalization)
    • generate as include file if not nested component (internal class)
    • all internal temp-tables (nested components)
    • all referenced (dependency) temp-tables (includes if not nested, in-line definition for nested components)
    • protected user code section for data-relations definition

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