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Henshin/Migration Wizard

In version 0.9.0 of Henshin, we saw the need for making some important changes to the Henshin transformation model which are incompatible with the previous model. In order to use transformations written with pre-0.9.0 versions of Henshin with more recent versions, you need to migrate your transformation models. To support you in this matter, we have implemented a migration wizard which will convert the old format into the new one.

How to use the wizard

To convert a Henshin transformation into the new format, invoke the migration wizard by right-clicking on a *.henshin file in the package explorer and choosing Henshin -> Migration Wizard. Now you will see the following dialog:

Henshin migration wizard.png

On the top you choose the transformation file to be converted. On the bottom, you can additionally specify a diagram file which should be migrated together with the transformation.

Now you need to decide two things in the wizard:

  • Optimize nested conditions: will attempt to perform some automatic simplifications for nested conditions.
  • Keep separate kernel and multi-rules: if enabled, the copies of the kernel and multi-rules of all AmalgamationUnits will be kept on the top-level of the transformation system. This is option MUST be enabled if you use a kernel or a multi-rule outside of an AmalgamationUnit. Please see below for detailed information about the new format for amalgamation units.

The wizard will create back-up files before doing the migration.

Important note on diagram migrations: You cannot migrate the diagram file at a later stage -- you must migrate the *.henshin and the *.henshin_diagram files together. If you for some reason forgot to migrate your diagram file and try to open the un-migrated diagram file in the graphical editor, you will get an error message. If you then migrate the diagram file from the back-up, you will still get an error message when trying to open it. The solution is to restart Eclipse. Then, you will be able to open the diagram file correctly.

Model changes

From version 0.8.0 to 0.9.0 of Henshin, the following changes where made:

  • Namespace URI: changed from to Therefore, you will not be able to open old files in the editors anymore.
  • NestedCondition: removed the negated-flag. Wrap your NestedCondition in a Not instead.
  • CountedUnit: REMOVED. If you want to implement a for-loop, use a SequentialUnit instead. If you want to implement a while-loop use LoopUnit (see also below).
  • LoopUnit: ADDED. New unit type for while-loops.
  • AmalgamationUnit: REMOVED. Instead, rules now have a containment reference multiRules and multiMappings which allows you to specify nested rules of unbounded depth. As it was in amalgamation units, multi-rules have a forall-semantics. The mappings from a parent rule into a multi-rule are stored in the multiMappings field of the multi-rule!!!
  • Rule: has to new Boolean attributes: checkDangling and injectiveMatching. With checkDangling you can specify whether to use DPO (true) or SPO (false) graph transformation semantics. The former checks whether there are any dangling edges and forbids the rule application in this case. The latter automatically deletes all dangling edges. The attribute injectiveMatching is used to specify whether rules are matched injectively. Note that you can specify these properties for all rules separately now.

API changes

There are also a few changes in the runtime API. Most importantly, the class ModelHelper which was earlier used to load and save models etc. is no deprecated. Instead, you should use the functionality provided in HenshinResourceSet. For more details, see the example at the Henshin Interpreter wikipage.

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