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UML and Data Modeling: A Reconciliation by David Hay

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(By the way, when the time comes to write up the model, take the same approach: Explain it in the text a little bit at a time.)

Summary

What distinguishes an entity/relationship model from either a UML design model—or a database design, for that matter—is that its first purpose is to be presented to the business community. It will be presented to human beings, most of whom have no prior experience with data models and who have little patience with things technical or technological. For this reason, the aesthetic characteristics are critical.

This chapter laid out the basic guidelines for producing a model that can be presented to a non-technical audience. Given the textual business of UMLs approach to cardinality, some patience will be required ...

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