Design Elements for UML Diagrams

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UML Diagrams - Design Elements

UML 2.4 diagrams represent two different views of a system model:

  • Static (or structural) view: emphasizes the static structure of the system using objects, attributes, operations and relationships. The structural view includes class diagrams, component diagrams, composite structure diagrams, deployment diagrams, object diagrams, package diagrams, profile diagrams.
  • Dynamic (or behavioral) view: emphasizes the dynamic behavior of the system by showing collaborations among objects and changes to the internal states of objects. This view includes activity diagrams, communication diagrams, interaction overview diagram, sequence diagrams, state machine diagrams, timing diagrams, use case diagrams.
    [Unified Modeling Language. Wikipedia]

The Rapid UML solution from Software Development area of ConceptDraw Solution Park includes 13 vector stencils libraries for drawing the UML 2.4 diagrams using ConceptDraw PRO diagramming and vector drawing software.

Component Diagrams

"In the Unified Modeling Language, a component diagram depicts how components are wired together to form larger components and or software systems. They are used to illustrate the structure of arbitrarily complex systems."
[Component diagram. Wikipedia]

Component Diagram

Activity Diagrams

"Activity diagrams are graphical representations of workflows of stepwise activities and actions with support for choice, iteration and concurrency. In the Unified Modeling Language, activity diagrams are intended to model both computational and organisational processes (i.e. workflows). Activity diagrams show the overall flow of control."
[Activity diagram. Wikipedia]

Activity Diagram

Use Case Diagrams

"A use case diagram at its simplest is a representation of a user's interaction with the system and depicting the specifications of a use case. A use case diagram can portray the different types of users of a system and the various ways that they interact with the system. This type of diagram is typically used in conjunction with the textual use case and will often be accompanied by other types of diagrams as well."
[Use Case Diagram. Wikipedia]

Use Case Diagram

Sequence Diagrams

"A sequence diagram is a interaction diagram that shows how processes operate with one another and in what order. It is a construct of a Message Sequence Chart. A sequence diagram shows object interactions arranged in time sequence. It depicts the objects and classes involved in the scenario and the sequence of messages exchanged between the objects needed to carry out the functionality of the scenario. Sequence diagrams are typically associated with use case realizations in the Logical View of the system under development. Sequence diagrams are sometimes called event diagrams, event scenarios.

A sequence diagram shows, as parallel vertical lines (lifelines), different processes or objects that live simultaneously, and, as horizontal arrows, the messages exchanged between them, in the order in which they occur. This allows the specification of simple runtime scenarios in a graphical manner."
[Sequence diagram. Wikipedia]

Sequence Diagram

UML Class Diagrams

UML Class Diagrams describes the structure of a system by showing the system's classes, their attributes, and the relationships among the classes.

Class Diagram

UML Package Diagrams

UML Package Diagram illustrates the functionality of a software system.

Package Diagram

UML Object Diagrams

UML UML Object Diagram shows the structure of a modeled system at a specific time.

Object Diagram

UML Collaboration Diagrams

UML Collaboration Diagram depicts the interactions between objects or parts in terms of sequenced messages and describes both the static structure and dynamic behavior of a system.

Collaboration Diagram

UML Deployment Diagrams

Deployment diagram describes the hardware used in system implementations and the execution environments and artifacts deployed on the hardware.

Deployment Diagram

UML State Machine Diagrams

UML state machine's goal is to overcome the main limitations of traditional finite-state machines while retaining their main benefits.

State Machine Diagram

UML Timing Diagrams

UML Timing Diagram as special form of a sequence diagram are used to explore the behaviors of objects throughout a given period of time.

Timing Diagram

UML Interaction Overview Diagrams

UML Interaction Overview Diagram schematically shows a control flow with nodes and a sequence of activities that can contain interaction or sequence diagrams.

Interaction Overview Diagram

UML Composite Structure Diagrams

UML Composite Structure Diagram shows the internal structure of a class and the possible interactions at this structure.

Composite Structure Diagram

How to Create a UML Diagram

The ConceptDraw Rapid UML solution provides a set of special tools for creating UML diagrams. Run the ConceptDraw Solution Browser, select the Rapid UML Diagrams solution and click “Install”.

  1. Open a ConceptDraw PRO new document and select the appropriate UML library.

  2. Add your first object to the page.

  3. Add the next object by clicking on its icon from the RapidDraw arrows that pop up when you bring the mouse cursor over the object.

    Rapid draw uml

  4. The new objects will be automatically drawn and connected to the previous ones.
    UML Component diagram

Result:Using the RapidDraw technology to create diagrams allows you to make very complex diagrams quickly and easily.

Pic. 1. UML Sequence Sample

All libraries for creating UML diagrams are available inside the ConceptDraw PRO. Templates and samples are located in the Rapid UML section of ConceptDraw Solution Browser.

UML Diagram Solution

Pic. 2. UML Diagrams solution

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