During the 6th AUTOSAR Open Conference one of the presenters pointed out, that integration of vendor specific / custom parameter definitions into the tool chain can be problematic because of insufficient tool support. Some tools seem to have hard coded user interface for the configuration or proprietary formats for customization.
The COMASSO basic software tooling chose a different approach: User interface and code generator framework are dynamically derived from the .arxml in the workspace and all the configuration data is directly stored in .arxml (so no Import/Export of models is required, just drag and drop).
In one minimal example that we use for training purposes, we have a parameter definition for a NvRam module (stripped from the official AUTOSAR definition). In the “file system” view, the param def can bee seen in the workspace.
Now, assume the construed scenario, that we would like to provide a BSW/MCAL module for a Graphical Processor Unit (GPU). For the configuration tool to work, all what we need is a param definition for that.
Although COMASSO does not require a specific project structure, for convenience, we copy the NvM file structure and create an new param def callsed GpU_ParamDef.arxml. In XML, we define a new module:
<L-2 L="EN">Configuration of the Graphical Processing Unit.</L-2>
<L-2 L="EN">Container for a management structure to configure the
composition of a given GPU.</L-2>
<!-- PARAMETER DEFINITION: GpuBlockLength -->
<L-2 L="EN">Defines the block data length in bytes.</L-2>
<L-1 L="EN">Note: The address of the tool.</L-1>
After saving the new param def .arxml, the tool scans the workspace and rebuilds the user interface.
Without a single line of additional code, the tool knows about the vendor specific parameter definition. The icon in front of the GPU is grey, because we do not have configured any data yet. Opening the editor shows that it knows about the VSMD now as well:
But not only the user interface knows immediately about the vendor specific modules – so does the generation and validation framework. As you can see below, we can now directly access the GPU module configuration from the AUTOSAR root (line 11) and then loop through the new GPU descriptors (line 12).
And the content assist system is working with the information as well. No need to remember what we defined. In line 16 we invoke content assist on “d” (which is a GPUBlockDescriptor) and get suggestions on all the attributes.
The code generation and validation framework is Eclipse Xtend/Xpand. It is publically available and not a proprietary solution.
In addition, when clicking on an element in the configuration editor, there is a documentation view that shows the important information from the .arxml in a nicer view. Any documentation that is stored in the .arxml will be easily accessible.