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1 Basic Concepts The Unified Modeling Language (UML) SYSC 3100 - System Analysis and Design

2 What is a model? You must have made or played with one as a child. Have you wandered through architecture?

3 Objectives Explain the need for models in Engineering work Describe the purpose of the Unified Modeling Language Explain the difference between a model and a diagram. Explain the views and their corresponding diagrams 1.Structure 2.Dynamic 3.Physical 4.Management We will concern ourselves with 1 and 2 mainly.

4 Models in Traditional Engineering As old as engineering Traditional means of reducing engineering risk IBM Software Group |

5 Engineering Models Engineering model: A reduced representation of some system that highlights the properties of interest from a given viewpoint  We don’t see everything at once  We use a representation (notation) that is easily understood IBM Software Group |

6 How Engineering Models are Used 1.To help us understand complex systems –Useful for both requirements and designs –Minimize risk by detecting errors and omissions early in the design cycle (at low cost) Through analysis and experimentation Investigate and compare alternative solutions –To communicate understanding Stakeholders: Clients, users, implementers, testers, documenters, etc. 2.To drive implementation The model as a blueprint for construction IBM Software Group |

7 A Common Problem with Engineering Models Semantic Gap due to: Idiosyncrasies of actual construction materials Construction methods Scaling effects Skill sets Misunderstandings Can lead to serious errors and discrepancies in the realization............ Common Problem IBM Software Group |

8 Modeling and UML The idea of modelling is fundamental to UML Like a map, a model represents something else A useful model has the right level of detail and represents only what is important for the task in hand Many things can be modelled: bridges, traffic flow, buildings, economic policy

9 Why Use a Model? A model is quicker and easier to build A model can be used in a simulation A model can evolve as we learn We can choose which details to include in a model A model can represent real or imaginary things from any domain

10 UML and Diagrams In software engineering, like in other engineering disciplines, we use diagrams to represent models … Abstract shapes are used to represent things or actions from the real world, or from a system in our case … Diagrams follow rules or standards The standards make sure that different people will interpret the diagram in the same way 40°

11 What is UML? Specification and design language, not a programming language! Modeling language. Mostly visual but has precise semantics Diagrams consist of well-defined elements (graphical) and have rules on how to use and combine elements Abstract syntax, well-formedness rules, semantics can be found in the official documentation UML is not a CASE tool. Rather, many CASE tools support UML modeling, code generation, simulation of UML models, etc. (e.g., Rational Rose) UML is not a methodology but only a notation

12 Origins and Future of UML Object-oriented programming languages: Simula (67), C++, Eiffel, Java … Object-oriented Analysis and Design techniques UML’s goal was to bring together the best features of all notations to produce an industry standard UML is (mostly) a visual, modeling language The course (and textbook) will use UML 2.0

13 Why use UML? Diagrams help visualize designs and cope with complexity Abstract features of the design Show relationships between elements of the design Implements or support the principles of: –Abstraction –Separation of concerns –Modularity –Rigor and formality De facto standard for object-oriented modeling Bring good ideas in consistent framework, supported by many tools, profiles, methods and processes exist

14 Diagrams vs Models A diagram illustrates some aspect of a system. A model provides a complete view of a system at a particular stage and from a particular perspective, e.g., Analysis model, Design model. A model may consist of a single diagram, but most consist of many related diagrams and supporting data and documentation.

15 Models in UML A system is the overall thing that is being modelled A sub-system is a part of a system consisting of related elements A model is an abstraction of a system or sub-system from a particular perspective A model is complete and consistent at the chosen level of abstraction

16 UML Views A view is a subset of UML modelling constructs that represents one aspect of a system. The views used in this section are not part of UML specification but just an aid to organizing and presenting the UML concepts. –Structural classification –Dynamic behaviour –Physical layout –Model management James Rumbaugh et. al

17 UML views and diagrams Major ViewSub-viewDiagramConcepts structural staticclass diagramassociation, class, dependency, generalization, interface, realization designinternal structure connector, interface, part, port, provided interface, role, required interface collaboration diagram connector, collaboration, collaboration use, role component diagram component, dependency, port, provided interface, realization, required interface, subsystem use case use case diagram actor, association, extend, include, use case, generalization

18 UML views and diagrams cont. Major ViewSub-viewDiagramConcepts dynamicstate machine state machine diagram completion transition, do activity, effect, event, region, state, transition, trigger activityactivity diagram action, activity, control flow, control node, data flow, exception, expansion region, fork, join, object node, pin interactionsequence diagram occurrence specification, execution specification, interaction, lifeline, message, signal communicati on diagram collaboration, guard condition, message, role, sequence number

19 UML views and diagrams cont. Major ViewSub-viewDiagramConcepts physicaldeploymentdeployment diagram artifact, dependency, manifestation, node model management package diagram import, model, package profilepackage diagram constraint, profile, stereotype, tagged value

20 Summary Models reduce risk. Unified Modeling Language – Blueprints for designing software systems. (a bit bloated though) Diagrams are used to express design in a common format. Models are used to analyze the design. Structure diagrams show static architecture. Dynamic diagrams show how components interact. Component diagrams show how architecture is mapped to hardware. We don’t care about Management diagrams.

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