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The Unified Modeling Language (UML) offers standard semantics and notation for describing object structure and behavior and has emerged as the design medium of choice for developing large-scale distributed object applications. Augmented by the Rational Unified Process, an extensive set of software development guidelines, and the Rational Rose visual modeling tool, the UML greatly facilitates the development of quality object-oriented applications that meet both deadlines and requirements.

Visual Modeling with Rational Rose 2000 and UML is a comprehensive introduction and tutorial providing guidance on how to use a tool (Rational Rose 2000), a process (the Rational Unified Process), and a language (the UML) to successfully visualize, specify, document, and construct a software system. Written by the Rose Evangelist at Rational Software Corporation, a leader in UML and object technology, this book breaks the technology down to its essentials and provides clear explanations of each element. It follows a simplified version of the Rational Unified Process from project inception through system analysis and design. A sample case study running throughout the book illustrates this iterative development process, the UML in practice, and the application of Rational Rose. New appendices demonstrate code generation and reverse engineering using Rational Rose 2000 with the Visual C++, C++, and Visual Basic languages.

Topics covered include:

  • Creating use cases

  • Finding objects and classes

  • UML stereotypes and packages

  • Scenarios, sequence diagrams, and collaboration diagrams

  • Discovering object interaction

  • Specifying relationships, association, and aggregation

  • Adding behavior and structure

  • Superclass/subclass relationships and inheritance

  • Object behavior and Harel state transition diagrams

  • Checking for model consistency

  • Specifying, visualizing, and documenting system architecture

  • The iteration planning process


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