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UML Class Diagrams – part 4

Continued . . .

In this section, we give the final details of the attributes and operations that can be modeled with UML. With the central elements covered, we are going to add some examples of attributes with initial values and operations with default argument values. Additionally, we will give some examples of attributes and operations with properties, and we will talk about some of the commonly used properties. Finally, we will show how to of model scope and operation binding.

Our arc class below, called CAArc, should serve to illustrate the remaining elements of UML that can be modeled for operations and attributes. This class contains three operations and three attributes. Of the operations, two are instance operations and the third is a class operation. The word static is used in C++ to indicate a class member, rather than an instance member. The word virtual before GetLength() indicates that that function has dynamic binding, while GetOrientation() is statically, or compile-time, bound. Also, the ” = 0″ is used to indicate that GetLength() is not implemented for this class, but rather is a pure virtual function or an abstract operation.

Of the classes attributes, two are instance members and one, the constant skdPi, is a class member. The constant is initialized at compile-time to the value 3.14159. The other member variables, dStartAngle and dEndAngle, have no initial value that is apparent here and are non-constant, so they can be changed at anytime.

class CAArc
    virtual double GetLength() = 0;
    int GetOrientation();
    static double GradToDeg(double dA = 0.0);
    static const double skdPi = 3.14159;
    double dStartAngle;
    double dEndAngle;

The arc class above can be modeled in UML using the diagram below. Since the GetLength() is an abstract operation, we italicize it to show this. We use the property “leaf” to indicate that the operation GetOrientation() is statically bound and can not be overridden. The operation is GradToDeg() has an argument with a default argument value, as shown. Also, we have underlined GradToDeg() to show that it is a class operation. Likewise, we underline skdPi, since it is a constant with class scope. The initial value for skdPi is shown along with the qualifier “frozen” to indicate that this is a constant. The instance members dStartAngle and dEndAngle are just ordinary member variables.

As far as properties, notice that the constant skiPi has the property “frozen” after it and the function GetOrientation() has the property “leaf” after it. However, we also have the property “changeable” on our instance variables. This can be used with attributes to specify that the variable’s value can be changed. We can also use “addOnly” on attributes with multiplicity to indicate that the values can only be added, say to an array, for instance. For operations, we can use the property “isQuery” to indicate that the operation does not change values; this is the C++ equivalent of a function that is constant. Additionally, we can specify operations having the properties “sequential”, “guarded”, or “concurrent” in the context of processes and threads.

To be continued . . .

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By: Michael Hall

One Response to “UML Class Diagrams – part 4”

  1. Shalin says:

    This is a good tutorials, I hope to see one from you about inheritance and modeling

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