Appendix D. UML at a Glance
This appendix briefly explains the features of the Unified Modeling Language (UML) that this book uses. UML provides conventional notation that this book applies to illustrate the design of OO systems. While UML is not overly complex, you can easily underestimate the richness of the features that UML provides. For a rapid introduction to most of the features of UML, read UML Distilled [Fowler]. For a more thorough review, read The Unified Modeling Language User Guide [Booch]. By learning to use standard nomenclatures and notations, we learn to communicate at a design level, making us all more productive.
Figure D.1 applies some of the UML features for illustrating classes.
Figure D.1. The
Fireworks package includes ...