Reminder Many diagrams can represent the same architecture Diagrams represent design decisions Diagrams don’t directly map to code Code does not map directly to diagrams 4
Reminders Crappy diagrams are easier to do than crappy code Great diagrams are harder to do than great code A diagram captures a design decision It’s not easy! You need to think! Sometimes a lot! Once you have taken a design decision, coding it is “only” a matter of technical proficiency Coding = being able to speak French/English Design decision = telling a good story 5
Reminder Architects with different opinions Level of detail – High-level view has components absent in a lower- level view Static vs dynamic concerns – Component structure != protocol Functional vs non-functional concerns – Broadcast the message to everyone vs scalability Physical vs logical concerns – 2 self-contained subsystems for 3 machines 6
Which of these 2 diagrams is correct? Both! Neither! Depends on what you want to tell the stakeholders Soft science, opinions, subjective, … How do I grade this? 9
I grade (mostly) on style Use the same symbol for the same things Use standard symbols and representations Don’t use the same symbol for different things Add a legend if needed 10 Client 1Client 2 Send position Has a 2-way connection server
Reminder: Tools for diagrams Dia https://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Diahttps://wiki.gnome.org/Apps/Dia – Not just UML ArgoUML http://argouml.tigris.org/http://argouml.tigris.org/ Eclipse UML plugins Visio, PowerPoint, Word Gliffy, Lucidchart, online tools … 11
Reminder: assignments You are always welcome to submit a small text description along with your chart I don’t require UML-compliant diagrams But if you submit UML-compliant diagrams, mention it in your submission 12
Purpose of this review For each type of diagram: – Minimum expectations What makes a flowchart a flowchart – Do’s and don’ts – A reminder/introduction Better grades! 13
15 Good: -Rectangles for actions -Diamonds for choices -Diamond arrows have labels -Dotted zoom-in explains in more details (could also be in another diagram if explicitly mentioned) -Dash-delimited area for actions in the same layer Bad: -2 start states -2 end states -(should it be 2 different diagrams, though?) -No loopback after “drops packet” -More?
16 Good: -Colorful Bad: - Yes goes down, then Yes goes right (be consistent)
17 Good: -Legend -Green start, red end -Loopbacks everywhere Meh: -Arrows can end into other arrows or into other boxes (be consistent) Bad: - “Assess compliance” == “Compliant?” (Maybe they mean that the assessment takes some time … then they should use a side note instead)
19 Good: -Transition labels are verbs (“Coin” should be “insert coin”) -States are participles (“locked”, “unlocked”) -States are circles -No end state: don’t need any in this case -Start state is obvious (nitpicking: convention is double circle)
20 http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa478972.aspx Good: -Start state -End state is OK … -No crossing edges Bad: -Low quality image -Start state not obvious -I don’t like coffee -Transition labels (“Espresso ON” should be “Turn Espresso ON”) -Tautologies (“Switch Off” to switch from “On” to “Off” …)
21 http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dst/Tekkotsu/Tutorial/images /statemachine1.png Good: -Start state obvious -Colors are OK, but superfluous, unless they refer to other diagrams or a legend Bad: -Verbs in states -Participles for transitions -Representing timers in state machines is difficult
22 Good: -Arrow labels -Related states are nearby (StartMainTask.*) Bad: -Low quality image -Too much -Transitions should be verbs Bad: -Need a legend (why are some unblock in red and others in black?) -State duplication (detached, detaching) -Too close to the code (we want design decisions, not code visualization) -More?
24 Good: -Server lifeline starts at the same time as the computer’s -The server lifeline is active only when the server works -Dotted arrow for the response OK/meh: -sendUnsentEmail has no arrow back: what is happening on the server? Maybe it does not matter … Bad: -“response” label for the response
25 Good: -Booking lifeline created later -2: should return the booking page URL Bad: -No label on responses (why drawing the response then?)
26 Good: -Database symbol -Self-arrows (build SQL select) -Workflow easy to follow Bad: -Hand-drawn -Hard to read -No lifeline (vertical dashed line all the time)
32 Good: -0..* -Subscribes label Meh: -+subscriber – what is it for?
33 Good: -Arrows for inheritance Meh: - I don’t care about attribute scope
34 Good: -Note “allows merchants …” Meh: -Types (string, int) Bad: - No label on the arrows
35 Bad: -No label on the arrows (what is the relationship between Program and Member?) -id is not necessary (implementation detail) Good: -Background color for packages (although: the diamond for Transaction -> Member should be white, not green)
Story Which architecture would you recommend for a patient- centered medical web portal? This portal would pull patient medical records from hospital databases. Patients often have multiple records (at least one per hospital they have ever been to). Hospitals allow an access to the records they hold, but only if the patients themselves request that access. Even if patients request for an access through the medical web portal, hospitals only grant a reading access (not a writing access). If the web portal stores medical records, it should comply with HIPAA regulations. The web portal also provides a calendar feature that reminds patients to do checkups, and tracks the doctor appointments of the patients for them. Patients may access the web portal through a web browser or an iPad app. 37
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