Java reverse engineering
Through Eclipse Mars, the Java Reverse Engineering was available in the Papyrus extra plugins. Since Eclipse Neon, they are now in a separate Papyrus component, called Papyrus software designer. The Java reverse tools allow Java files or packages to be reverse-engineered into a Papyrus class diagram.
The Java features of Papyrus are available as part of the Papyrus Software Designer extra feature.
You can install it by using the Papyrus Software Designer update-site:
Or you can use the nightly build update site (paste following url in eclipse update site):
Then select "Papyrus Java profile, library and code generation (Incubation)" feature. You need JDT installed (which comes with most Eclipse packages).
How to use Reverse
Reverse-engineer a Java class
A Java class can be reverse-engineered into a Papyrus class diagram:
A UML class is created in Model Explorer. You can now add it into your diagram. Note that all associated classes have also been added to the model.
Reverse-engineer a package
A Java package (and all classes included) can be reverse-engineered into a Papyrus class diagram:
Packages and classes have been created in Model Explorer. Your can now add them to your diagram. Note that all associated classes have also been added to the model.
By default, a package named "generated" is created for reverse-engineering. You can choose another package name on the options menu.
This option menu allows one to:
- change the default package of the reverse-engineering,
- add or remove search path. The reverse generator search existing UML classes and regenerate them.
- add or remove creation path. The reverse generator search on existing Java classes to generate a UML class. Useful for creating Java imports (e.g.: String, Integer).
Using Drag & Drop
You can reverse-engineer a class or a package by just dragging & dropping it on a Papyrus diagram:
- Drag one or more classes and/or packages,
- Drop the selection into an open diagram.
A settings dialog is opened. You can modify settings (please see Reverse settings). When you're reverse-engineering via the drag & drop method, you can also choose to display model, packages, and classes / interfaces / enumerations in the Papyrus diagram. To enable display, just click the check-boxes:
When you click on the OK button, your components are displayed in the Papyrus diagram. Note: while all selected components are reversed-engineered, only components which are selected, but not in the Papyrus diagram are displayed.
Change default reverse-engineering settings
The Java code reverse-engineering plugin allows you to change default settings on eclipse preferences:
- Open Eclipse Preferences,
- Search for the Papyrus section,
- Choose Java Code Reverse sub-section
In this preferences page, you can change:
- default search path values,
- default creation path values.
Note that there are default values; if you have changed these values for a project, your changes are saved, and default values are not used.