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Class UML 2.3::Association

Description:

An association describes a set of tuples whose values refer to typed instances. An instance of an association is called a link. A link is a tuple with one value for each end of the association, where each value is an instance of the type of the end.

Direct Superclasses: Classifier, Relationship

Direct Subclasses: Extension, CommunicationPath, AssociationClass

Class Precedence List: Association, Classifier, TemplateableElement, Type, PackageableElement, ParameterableElement, Namespace, RedefinableElement, NamedElement, Relationship, Element

Properties:

endType : Type (1 *); -- source Association
isDerived : Boolean (1 1); -- source Association
memberEnd : Property (2 *); -- source Association
navigableOwnedEnd : Property (0 *); -- source Association
ownedEnd : Property (0 *); -- source Association

The ends that are owned by the association itself.
{composite, ordered}
Subsets: Association.memberEnd, Classifier.feature, Namespace.ownedMember
Opposite: Property.owningAssociation

attribute : Property (0 *); -- source Classifier
collaborationUse : CollaborationUse (0 *); -- source Classifier
feature : Feature (0 *); -- source Classifier
general : Classifier (0 *); -- source Classifier
generalization : Generalization (0 *); -- source Classifier
inheritedMember : NamedElement (0 *); -- source Classifier
isAbstract : Boolean (1 1); -- source Classifier
isFinalSpecialization : Boolean (1 1); -- source Classifier
ownedTemplateSignature : RedefinableTemplateSignature (0 1); -- source Classifier
ownedUseCase : UseCase (0 *); -- source Classifier
powertypeExtent : GeneralizationSet (0 *); -- source Classifier
redefinedClassifier : Classifier (0 *); -- source Classifier
representation : CollaborationUse (0 1); -- source Classifier
substitution : Substitution (0 *); -- source Classifier
templateParameter : ClassifierTemplateParameter (0 1); -- source Classifier
useCase : UseCase (0 *); -- source Classifier
templateBinding : TemplateBinding (0 *); -- source TemplateableElement
package : Package (0 1); -- source Type
visibility : VisibilityKind (1 1); -- source PackageableElement
owningTemplateParameter : TemplateParameter (0 1); -- source ParameterableElement
elementImport : ElementImport (0 *); -- source Namespace
importedMember : PackageableElement (0 *); -- source Namespace
member : NamedElement (0 *); -- source Namespace
ownedMember : NamedElement (0 *); -- source Namespace
ownedRule : Constraint (0 *); -- source Namespace
packageImport : PackageImport (0 *); -- source Namespace
isLeaf : Boolean (1 1); -- source RedefinableElement
redefinedElement : RedefinableElement (0 *); -- source RedefinableElement
redefinitionContext : Classifier (0 *); -- source RedefinableElement
clientDependency : Dependency (0 *); -- source NamedElement
name : String (0 1); -- source NamedElement
nameExpression : StringExpression (0 1); -- source NamedElement
namespace : Namespace (0 1); -- source NamedElement
qualifiedName : String (0 1); -- source NamedElement
relatedElement : Element (1 *); -- source Relationship
ownedComment : Comment (0 *); -- source Element
ownedElement : Element (0 *); -- source Element
owner : Element (0 1); -- source Element

Constraints:

Signature: CMOF_14_3_29() : Boolean;
Description: 14.3 [29] Each Association memberEnd Property must be typed by a Class.
Expression: memberEnd.type.oclIsKindOf(Class)

Signature: CMOF_14_3_1() : Boolean;
Description: 14.3 [1] The multiplicity of Association::memberEnd is limited to 2 rather than 2..* (i.e., n-ary Associations are not supported); unlike EMOF, CMOF associations can have navigable association-owned ends. see also: https://sites.google.com/site/metamodelingantipatterns/catalog/mof/association-does-not-have-two-member-ends
Expression: memberEnd->size() = 2 and ownedEnd->size() < 2

Signature: specialized_end_types() : Boolean;
Description: When an association specializes another association, every end of the specific association corresponds to an end of the general association, and the specific end reaches the same type or a subtype of the more general end.
The OCL used here is not normative.
Editor's notes: Needs further investigation: (1) POD my parser has a bug that reads 1.0 instead of 1 and then .. (2) Why the empty sequence.
Expression: true
Original: Sequence{1 ..self.memberEnd->size()}-> forAll(i | self.general->select(oclIsKindOf(Association)).oclAsType(Association)-> forAll(ga |self.memberEnd->at(i).type.conformsTo(ga.memberEnd->at(i).type)))

Signature: specialized_end_number() : Boolean;
Description: An association specializing another association has the same number of ends as the other association.
The OCL used here is not normative.
Editor's notes: ->collect(...) before oclAsType. It's not a property. The infamous shorthand does not apply.
Expression: parents()->select(oclIsKindOf(Association))->collect(oclAsType(Association))->forAll(p | p.memberEnd->size() = self.memberEnd->size())
Original: parents()->select(oclIsKindOf(Association)).oclAsType(Association)->forAll(p | p.memberEnd->size() = self.memberEnd->size())

Signature: binary_associations() : Boolean;
Description: Only binary associations can be aggregations.
The OCL used here is not normative.
Editor's notes: Association has no aggregation attribute.
Expression: true
Original: self.memberEnd->exists(aggregation <> Aggregation::none) implies self.memberEnd->size() = 2

Signature: association_ends() : Boolean;
Description: Association ends of associations with more than two ends must be owned by the association.
The OCL used here is not normative.
Editor's notes: should be implies
Expression: memberEnd->size() > 2 implies ownedEnd->includesAll(memberEnd)
Original: if memberEnd->size() > 2 then ownedEnd->includesAll(memberEnd)

Operations:

Signature: endType.1() : Type;
Description: endType is derived from the types of the member ends.
Expression: result = self.memberEnd->collect(e | e.type)



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