MDT-UML2Tools How To Use UML Profiles
UML cannot cover needs of all possible domains. Standard UML metamodel has to be augmented in order to meet requirements of a particular domain. That's why Profile mechanism was created - a way to create a lightweight extension of Standard UML.
Here is the workflow of creating and using UML profile:
Create Profile Definition Diagram
First, create Profile Definition Diagram using wizard 'Profile Definition Diagram' from 'UML 2.1 Diagrams' located in File > New > Other > ... menu item. Profile is a root element of the created diagram. Key elements of Profile Definition diagram are:
- Extension link
When profile is completely finished, it's time to define it. This is obligatory step in our workflow, because it saves defined profile as a static Ecore structure in UML model, it allows subsequent use of profile content. In order to define a profile in UML2 Tools call action "Profile > Define" from the context menu of the profile diagram:
Adding profile to the registry simplifies profile application later. The step can be omitted.