UNIFIED MODELING LANGUAGE(UML)

Since we have been using and seeing a lot of UML diagrams in class and in previous assignments, I decided to look for some resources on UML diagrams to broaden my knowledge and understanding. I finally settled on this resource because it gives simplified tutorials on UML diagrams making it easy to understand especially for beginners. Each part is broken down into various topics and subtopics. Page gives useful resources on UML as well.

This resource gives a clear and simplified definition of UML diagram. It has various topics that explains the roles of UML diagrams and goals of UML in Object Oriented Design. It explains the building blocks of UML diagrams which are Things, Relationship and Diagrams. It gives detailed explanations about nine kinds of UML diagrams or format uml diagrams, the three types of UML modeling and UML notations. It also gives sample examples of UML diagrams when explaining some concepts which makes it easy to understand when reading. Page also talks about the 2 broad categories-Structured and Behavioral with each divided into subcategories

In this tutorial, I learned that UML diagram is not a programming language and relates to Object Oriented Design. Initially I thought it was only a pictorial language to build software system, but this page makes it clear that it uses non-software systems as well. UML diagrams are also made for different users, not just developers to understand a software and non-software system. I must say that through UML diagrams in class, I was able to really understand the way a program is structured as well as relationships between the classes, interfaces etc. even before looking at the codes.

In the architecture part of the tutorial, I learned about the roles that UML diagrams plays in different perspectives of a system. These are the design, implementation, process, and deployment. Looking at these perspectives, all the diagrams that I have seen support this. These diagrams make clear of classes, interfaces etc., assembled in a physical state giving an idea about the flow a system/program has. Another important thing that I learned is that UML diagrams helps support the representation of physical nodes of a system that forms the hardware.

I learned that UML notations are very important to make a model that is very meaningful and is something that should be emphasized from the beginning. Some of these notations are Class, Object, Interface, Collaborations, Actor Notations, among others. I learned that the only difference between the Class and Object notations is that name is underlined in Object notations but has same structure and components as the Class Notation. I got confused when I saw a diagram of Active Class Notation as it looked similar to Class notation but I learned that the differences is that Active Class has solid borders and are used to describe concurrent behavior of a system.

I hope others find this source useful

https://www.tutorialspoint.com/uml/uml_standard_diagrams.htm

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