Part of CAPE-OPEN standard versions 1.0 and 1.1.

The Utilities Common Interface is an horizontal interface specification for handling concepts that may be required by any business interface. It supports basic functions and is always independent of business interfaces. It is an abstract specification which creates and documents a common conceptual model in an implementation neutral manner.

Utilities Common Interface SpecificationUtilities Common Interface (current document: issued in August 2003)

The Utilities Common Interface specification gathers a number of useful functionalities that can be requested from process modelling components. This interface provides the means to set the simulation context, to collect component parameters, to manage lifecycle of components (creation and termination) and to edit, that is, to open a Graphical User Interface for the component. This document results from polishing the document issued by the Global CAPE-OPEN project. No change in design.

Errata & Clarifications: is being developed by the Methods & Tools Special Interest Group (current document: none)

Will complement the Utilities Common Interface Specification document

As per its current status the Errata and Clarifications document for the Utilities Common Interface specification will provide clarification of the distinction between primary and secondary PMCs, as well as about the requirement for primary PMCs to implement the ICapeUtilities interface. The document will provide a mechanism for the ICapeUtilities.Edit method to indicate whether changes were made to a PMC through the use of the S_FALSE (0x01) HRESULT. The document will provide clarification on the lifecycle of a CAPE-OPEN Primary PMC object, indicating the process for creating an instance of the object, setting the Simulation Context, restoring the object from persistence, calling the ICapeUtilities.Initialize method and ICapeUtilities.Terminate method. The document will clarify operations that can be performed by the PME on the PMC during each of these stages of a PMC’s lifecycle. If you have found errors in the specification document or require clarifications on its content, mention to the Methods & Tools Special Interest Group.