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Ontological Framework for Object-Oriented Analysis and Design

Prabodha Tilakaratna1 and Jayantha Rajapakse1
  • 1 Monash University Sunway Campus, Malaysia
American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Volume 5 No. 3, 2012, 251-260

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2012.251.260

Submitted On: 12 March 2012 Published On: 14 September 2012

How to Cite: Tilakaratna, P. & Rajapakse, J. (2012). Ontological Framework for Object-Oriented Analysis and Design. American Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, 5(3), 251-260. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajeassp.2012.251.260

Abstract

Regardless of the large number of Object-Oriented (OO) modeling languages currently being used in the Information Systems (IS) modeling process, unavailability of an OO modeling language that can be used in both the analysis and design phases disintegrates the two phases. The problem is, such disintegration can lead to a high level of missing information in the real world system from the analysis phase to the design phase. The approach of this study is to propose a framework to produce design phase models from analysis phase models using ontology based Unified Modeling Language (UML), thereby integrating the two phases. The results obtained from the porposed framework involve: a consructed language which can be used in generating the analysis phase scripts; and the development of script files based on the UML constructs at the analysis and design phases to automatically generate the UML scripts for those two phases. Since this study is a part of an ongoing research study, it can be concluded that, at the end of this study (1) both analysis and design phases would be able to integrate using a common OO modeling language (2) the manual work involved in the current analysis and design modeling would be reduced (3) the complexities and difficulties faced by the modelers (By modelers we mean the analysts and designers who are doing the analysis and design phase modeling) in using UML modeling tools would be reduced.

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Keywords

  • Conceptual Model
  • System Model
  • Ontology
  • Constructed Language
  • XMI Format
  • Unified Modeling Language (UML)
  • Object-Oriented (OO)
  • Information Systems (IS)