#11 Reuse portions of ORM model in new file

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nobody
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2006-04-25
2006-04-25
Brian Nalewajek
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Hi,
It would be great if NORMA would allow a modeler to
reuse portions of one .orm file in another (possibly
unrelated), .orm file. There are some parts of many
models that are quite genaric. A way to reuse these
as sort of "code snipets" would save a lot of time. It
would also be helful when trying significant changes
to a model, by allowing testing of each version. Even
if this were only possible at the level of an entire
page (in a multi page model), this would still be
helpful, as that's a logical way to segregate related
facts centered on a common object type. Right now,
It's easy to have more than one .orm file in a single
project, but I don't see a way to share between them.
BRN..

Discussion

  • pat-h
    pat-h
    2006-05-19

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    Brian,
    I agree. If the respository contains Objects, facttypes,
    and constraints/rules, etc. - I would want to use them in
    any conceptual model. I may wish to reuse just an object,
    or a factype with the current constraints - or maybe just
    the fattype and use new constraitns in the new conceptual
    model. I may even want to take a set of fact types from the
    repository and reuse that whole set. Again maybe even with
    some changes to constraint s/rules in that for the new
    conceptual model. And do this without efecting the objects,
    facttypes, constatins, or rules of the orginal conceptual
    mode.

    ORM has it right within one model. An object is declared
    once - now i think we both want to permit that at the
    enterprise level. An object "Employee(ID)" with datatype
    integer and with descriptipon of "...". - Can be used in
    any conceptual model. Same holds for facttype etc.

    As an old friend says: "I want everything all the time".

    pat