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UML 2.0 in Action: A project-based tutorial

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UML 2.0 in Action: A project-based tutorial

Overview of this book

Most books about UML describe it almost in its entirety. Inevitably you're left with only a superficial knowledge of the range of UML elements, without a deep and intuitive understanding of how to apply UML as a whole to real world design problems. This book doesn't set out to cover all of UML, but instead pulls together those parts of UML with immediate practical relevance and presents them as part of a coherent process for using UML in your actual development projects.This book is designed to be read while you work on a real project. After an initial review of the essentials of UML and the design process, it begins with the modeling of a business system and its business processes, in this case an airport. Then the IT system intended to serve that business process is described and analysed. Finally the integration of the system into the production environment is covered in detail. The book can be used in two ways: it can be read through as a thorough grounding in how UML really works in practice; in addition it can be used as stand alone guide to that particular aspect of your own project. Both result in an intuitive understanding of how to actually use UML.
Table of Contents (11 chapters)

2.7 UML 2.0

2.7.1 Overview of UML 2.0

UML 2.0 in Action: A Project-Based Tutorial is based on the new version of UML—UML 2.0. In this version, the structure and documentation of UML was completely revised. There are now two documents available that describe UML:

  • UML 2.0 Infrastructure defines the basic constructs of the language on which UML is based. This section is not directly relevant to the users of UML (our readers), but is directed more towards the developers of modeling tools.

  • UML 2.0 Superstructure defines the user constructs of UML 2.0, meaning those elements of UML that users work with at the immediate level.

Among other things, this revision of UML was created to pursue the following goals:

  • To restructure and refine UML so that usability, implementation, and adaptation are simplified.

  • The UML infrastructure is supposed to:

    • Provide a reusable meta-language core, with which UML can define itself

    • Provide mechanisms for the adjustment of language

  • The UML superstructure is supposed to:

    • Feature...