Safe OCL


Title: Safe OCL
Author: Denis Nikiforov
Submission date: 2019-03-09

The theory is a formalization of the OCL type system, its abstract syntax and expression typing rules. The theory does not define a concrete syntax and a semantics. In contrast to Featherweight OCL, it is based on a deep embedding approach. The type system is defined from scratch, it is not based on the Isabelle HOL type system.

The Safe OCL distincts nullable and non-nullable types. Also the theory gives a formal definition of safe navigation operations. The Safe OCL typing rules are much stricter than rules given in the OCL specification. It allows one to catch more errors on a type checking phase.

The type theory presented is four-layered: classes, basic types, generic types, errorable types. We introduce the following new types: non-nullable types (T[1]), nullable types (T[?]), OclSuper. OclSuper is a supertype of all other types (basic types, collections, tuples). This type allows us to define a total supremum function, so types form an upper semilattice. It allows us to define rich expression typing rules in an elegant manner.

The Preliminaries Chapter of the theory defines a number of helper lemmas for transitive closures and tuples. It defines also a generic object model independent from OCL. It allows one to use the theory as a reference for formalization of analogous languages.

  author  = {Denis Nikiforov},
  title   = {Safe OCL},
  journal = {Archive of Formal Proofs},
  month   = mar,
  year    = 2019,
  note    = {\url{},
            Formal proof development},
  ISSN    = {2150-914x},
License: GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)