Create relations between portal-types model-driven. Support for Relations Product (complex references). Define sets of rules for validation, creation and lifetime of Archetypes references. ArchGenXML can generate the necessary code and XML-configuration data to use this product.


To enable Relations install the Product (code-location).


As an option on command line, up to a tagged-value on model-level or on a single UML-Association you just define the relation_implementation and set it to relations. A directed Association results in one Relation.

Give the association and its assoziation ends names. They'll be used as the names for the RelationField. If you don't want a field turn it off by setting a tagged value generate_reference_fields on class (or package, model) level to 0.

Inverse Relation

If the association is not directed (navigable on both association ends) an inverse relation will be created.

The tagged-value inverse_relation_name will be used for the back-relation on undirected associations. It defaults to a relation named toend_fromend, where these are the lowercased versions of the association ends. If the two ends are named the same, then the relation will be named association_inv, where association is the name of the association. (Finally, if the option old_inverse_relation_name is set, then it defaults to the association name postfixed by _inverse.)


You can use the Multiplicity on in UML to define the cardinality of an Relation. You can use the minimum and maximum value here using the syntax 1..5 which means at least one relation related objects but not more than five.


as described above an association between two portal-types will be created.
an association between an archetypes class and an interface will create an interface-constraint. the relation is allowed to all classes implementing this interface.

Association classes

Association classes can be used to store data on the relation as an object. You can model it using the UML association class or using a tagged value association_class on the association.