OCL is the de facto standard language for expressing constraints and queries on UML models. However, OCL expressions are very difficult to create, understand, and maintain, even with the sophisticated tool support now available. In this paper, we propose to use the Visual Model Query Language (VMQL) for specifying constraints on UML models. We examine VMQL's usability by controlled experiments and its expressiveness by a representative sample. We conclude that VMQL is less expressive than OCL, although expressive enough for most of the constraints in the sample. In terms of usability, however, VMQL is superior to OCL, although the experimental evidence we present here is not as compelling as the one we presented when comparing VMQL and OCL on model querying.
|Title of host publication||2011 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC)|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||2011 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing - Pittsburgh, PA, United States|
Duration: 18 Sep 2011 → 22 Sep 2011
|Conference||2011 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing|
|Period||18/09/2011 → 22/09/2011|
|Series||IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing. Proceedings|