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J2EE™ and Beyond: Design, Develop, and Deploy World-Class Java™ Software by Art Taylor

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Project Communication and the Unified Modeling Language

One of the most important aspects of any architectural development effort is the communication between members of the development team. Careful examination and review of architectural alternatives is critical, and this can be done well only if all team members, both technical and in some cases nontechnical, can understand the design.

The analysis diagram is a visual presentation of a technical concept. As such, analysis diagrams have been around for some time; some have been formally standardized and others are merely arrows and circles used in a logical manner. The UML is an attempt to standardize diagramming for OOAD, which has become the de facto standard for OO analysis.

The UML is based ...

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