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Developing Sequence Diagrams in UML

  • Il-Yeol Song 
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2224)

Abstract

The UML (Unified Modeling Language) has been widely accepted as a standard language for object-oriented analysis and design. Among the UML diagrams, one of the most difficult and time-consuming diagrams to develop is the object interaction diagram (OID), which is rendered as either a sequence diagram or a collaboration diagram. Our experience shows that developers have significant trouble in understanding and developing OIDs. In this paper, we present an effective ten-step heuristic for developing sequence diagrams and illustrate the technique with a case study. In this technique, we show a proper use of control objects and boundary objects when developing sequence diagrams. In our heuristic the relationships among multiple sequence diagrams in a single use case are elegantly represented using control objects. We found that developers effectively developed sequence diagrams using this heuristic method.

Keywords

Control Object Boundary Object Class Diagram Case Description Sequence Diagram 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Il-Yeol Song 
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  1. 1.College of Information Science and TechnologyDrexel UniversityPhiladelphia

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