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ArchGenXML (2.2)

by Ihor Berehulyak last modified 2010-03-31
Released on 2009-01-22 by Reinout van Rees, Philipp Auersperg, Fabiano Weimar dos Santos, Jens Klein, Martin Aspeli for Plone 2.5, Plone 3.0 under GPL - GNU General Public License available for All platforms.
Software development stage: stable
ArchGenXML is a code generator. It builds on architecture-centric, model-based and test-driven developement. Generates Python code from UML-Models (XMI-Format). It's optimized for the generation of code based on the Archetypes framework.


With ArchGenXML you can create working python code without writing one single line of python. It is is a commandline utility that generates fully functional Zope Products based on the Archetypes framework from UML models using XMI (.xmi, .zargo, .zuml) files. The most common use case is to generate a set of custom content types, possibly with a few tools, a CMFMember type and some workflows thrown in.

How it works

In pratice, you draw your UML diagrams in a tool like Poseidon or ObjectDomain which has the ability to generate XMI files. Once you are ready to test your product, you run ArchGenXML on the XMI file, which will generate the product directory. After generation, you will be able to install your product in Plone and have your new content types, tools and workflows available.

At present, round-trip support is not implemented: Custom code can't be converted back into XMI (and thus diagams). However, you can re-generate your product over existing code. Method bodies and certain "protected" code sections will be preserved. This means that you can evolve your product's public interfaces, its methods and its attributes in the UML model, without fear of losing your hand-written code.

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