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14. UML > UML

UML

How do you define UML?

Grady Booch: The Unified Modeling Language is a graphical language used to visualize, specify, reason about, document, and construct the artifacts of a software-intensive system. In my use of the UML, the UML is not a programming language but rather a language with deep semantics that transcends traditional programming languages, and permits one to work at a level of abstraction equal to and/or above code.

During which phases of development is UML most effective?

Grady: The UML is suitable for the entire lifecycle of a software-intensive system, from birth to death to rebirth. My particular bias is that the UML is especially useful in reasoning about the architecture of a system. I’m also biased to Kruchten’s 4+1 model view, and in my work in the Handbook of Software Architecture, I’ve not found a single system for which the UML has not been sufficient for me to capture valuable design decisions.


  

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