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UML™ Bible by Tom Pender

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CHAPTER 20

Using a Modeling Tool

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In This Chapter

  • Understanding a modeling tool
  • Examining modeling tool features
  • Reviewing evaluation criteria

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Modeling tools and UML go hand-in-hand. UML specifies a graphical notation to model systems, with underlying semantics for what the notation means and how things piece together. Modeling tools enable users to easily draw these notations, and input information concerning what they mean in an underlying storage mechanism. Modeling tools enable you to capture information, graphically design systems, disseminate the designs to a wide audience through publishing of models and reports, and can even generate the working code of the applications and databases. Modeling tools become the centerpiece of a set of tools that you use to understand your business, and design or redesign the systems and databases that support it. Like any good tool, the modeling tool must be easy to use, customizable so that you can tailor it to the job you have at hand, and be able to play well with the other tools in your suite. In this chapter you take a look at modeling tools, so that you can understand important features to look for when choosing one for your organization.

The Advantages of Using a Modeling Tool

Modeling tools offer a number of advantages over drawing ...

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