UML Class Diagram Notation


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When it comes to system construction, a class diagram is the most widely used diagram. UML Class Diagrams is a type of static structure diagram that is used for general conceptual modeling of the systematics of the application. Such a diagram would illustrate the object-oriented view of a system . The object orientation of a system is indicated by a class diagram. It describes the structure of a system by showing the:

  • classes of a system,
  • attributes,
  • objects,
  • operations,
  • and the relationships between classes.

Example 1. Control Package Class Diagram

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The following table represents notations that are used on the UML Class Diagrams:

Diagram element Graphical presentation Description
Class UML Class Diagram Notation - Class Class represents a set of objects that have the same structure, behavior, and relationships with objects of other classes.
Attribute UML Class Diagram Notation - Attributes Attribute is a typed value that defines the properties and behavior of the object.
Operation UML Class Diagram Notation - Operation Operation is a function that can be applied to the objects of a given class.
Responsibility UML Class Diagram Notation - Responsibility Responsibility is a contract which the class must conform.
Interface UML Class Diagram Notation - Interface Interface is an abstract class that defines a set of operations that the object of the class associated with this interface provides to other objects.
Association UML Class Diagram Notation - Association Association is a relationship that connect two classes.
Aggregation UML Class Diagram Notation - Aggregation Aggregation is an association with the relation between the whole and its parts, the relation when one class is a certain entity that includes the other entities as components.
N-ary Association UML Class Diagram Notation - N-ary Association N-ary association represents two or more aggregations.
Composition UML Class Diagram Notation - Composition Composition is a strong variant of aggregation when parts cannot be separately of the whole.
Generalization UML Class Diagram Notation - Generalization Generalization ia an association between the more general classifier and the more special classifier.
Inheritance UML Class Diagram Notation - Inheritance Inheritance is a relationship when a child object or class assumes all properties of his parent object or class.
Realization UML Class Diagram Notation - Realization Realization is a relationship between interfaces and classes or components that realize them.
Dependency UML Class Diagram Notation - Dependency Dependency is a relationship when some changes of one element of the model can need the change of another dependent element.
<< >> UML Class Diagram Notation - Relationship Allows to define the properties of the dependency relationship between classes or classes and packages.
{ } UML Class Diagram Notation - additional properties of association Allows to indicate the additional properties of association.
Multiplicity UML Class Diagram Notation - Multiplicity Multiplicity shows the quantity of instances of one class that are linked to one instance of the other class.
Package UML Class Diagram Notation - Package Package groups the classes and other packages.
Note UML Class Diagram Notation - Note Note is a textual explication.
Note connector UML Class Diagram Notation - Note connector Note connector is a connection between the note and elements.


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