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UML and Data Modeling: A Reconciliation by David Hay

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Among other things, the resulting drawing can be made more compact.

Probably the worst thing to happen to data models was the invention of the plotter. This permits modelers to create wallpaper-sized models that are completely unintelligible.

 

Presentation Rule

If you have a plotter at your disposal, turn it off. Quietly and carefully…walk away. Pretend it does not exist.

 

If a model is to be presented to a human audience, it must be composed of individual sections, each describing a particular area of interest, typically called a subject area. Each subject area must be small enough to fit on one sheet of 8 ½ by 11 (or A4) paper. Ideally, each subject area drawing would have no more than 9-10 boxes, but keeping the number ...

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