Domain Modelling Language

Model the structure of your domain entities with a lightweight Java-like domain-specific language and FF automatically generates all the support code.

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Domain Modelling Language (DML)

The Domain Modeling Language (DML) is a micro-language designed specifically to implement the structure of a domain model. It has constructs for specifying both entity types and associations between entity types.

DML has a Java-like syntax to be easy to learn by Java programmers.

This page will document the language, but until then, you may find basic documentation in this excerpt of the PhD thesis that introduced the DML. Also, more advanced (and newly added) aspects of the language are available in this doc.

Please note that the syntax for the association declaration has changed with regard to the text in the thesis: The keyword relation is used instead of the keyword association.

Built-in value types in the Fénix Framework

The built-in value types (meaning that you can use them without declaring them) are the following:

  • The Java primitive types: boolean, byte, char, short, int, float, long, and double.
  • The wrapper types for primitive Java types: Boolean, Byte, Character, Short, Integer, Float, Long, and Double. These types are typically used when an entity’s field is optional (because it may be null in this case).
  • The String type.
  • The Serializable type.
  • The bytearray type (it will map into the Java type byte[]).
  • To represent dates and related types, there are the following built-in value-types, from the JodaTime API: DateTime, LocalDate, LocalTime, and Partial.
  • For greater flexibility, the Framework support’s GSON’s JsonElement to allow the representation of unstructured data.


Here are a few examples of the use of DML to declare two domain classes of a hypothetical banking application:

class Client {
    String name;

class Account {
    int balance;
    boolean closed;

A relation between these two classes would look like this:

relation ClientAccounts {
    Client playsRole client;
    Account playsRole accounts {
        multiplicity *;

The framework’s code generator processes DML files with these classes and relations. It creates a Java class for each DML class, with getter and setter methods for each slot, and each relation between classes. The generated methods use the names after the “playsRole” keyword. Here’s an example of the use of the generated methods for the Client and the Account:

public class Client extends Client_Base {
    // (...)
    public int getTotalBalance() {
        int totalBalance = 0;
        for (Account account : getAccounts()) {
            totalBalance += account.getBalance();
        return totalBalance;

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