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Create Stereotypes Extending non-UML Objects

A Profile is typically defined by extending core UML object types to create your own modeling language or technology; however, you can also extend non-UML objects defined by another existing technology such as Archimate, BPMN, or SysML.

Extending a non-UML object allows inheritance of the following properties from the existing stereotype:

Tagged Values
Shape Scripts
Stereotype colors
Metatype properties

Create a Stereotype extending a non-UML Object



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Identify the base UML type of the non-UML object that you want to extend.

You can reveal an element's base UML type by deleting its Stereotypes.  For example, create a SysML1.3 Block and, using the Properties window, delete the Block element's Stereotype.  The element's type will change from Block to Class.




In the Project Browser, locate the Package with the <<profile>> Stereotype and open its child diagram.

If you do not have an existing <<profile>> Package, use the MDG Technology Builder option in the Model Wizard dialog to create a new technology, then open the diagram from the newly created <<profile>> Package.



Using the Profile Helpers


Drag the Metaclass icon from the Profile page of the Diagram Toolbox onto the diagram.

The Extend Metaclass dialog displays.


Profile Toolbox


Select the Stereotypes tab.




From the drop-down list, select the Profile to extend (for example, SysML1.3) and select the checkbox next to the non-UML Stereotype to extend (for example, block).

Click on the OK button.

The appropriate Stereotype element is added to the Profile diagram.




Add a new Stereotype by dragging the Add Stereotype Profile Helper from the Diagram Toolbox.

This will be the custom Stereotype that extends the non-UML type added to the diagram in step 5.  

When defining this Stereotype, add the Metaclass identified in step 1.  For example, if you intend to extend a SysML Block, you would add the Class Metaclass.

When you have finished, the Stereotype element and Metaclass element are displayed on the Profile Diagram.



Add Stereotypes and Metaclasses using Profile Helpers


Draw a Generalize connector from the custom Stereotype added in step 6 to the non-UML Stereotype element added in step 5.




Save the diagram as a Profile.


Export a Profile


Define a Toolbox Profile that has items for each of your Stereotypes.

Create Toolbox Profiles using the Profile Helpers



Incorporate the saved Profiles into an MDG Technology.

Create MDG Technology File



When using a Shape Script to customize the Stereotype's appearance you can use the drawparentshape() method to render the shape that is defined for the non-UML object being extended

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