UML Diagramming Software
The UML Diagrams are widely used by software developers and software engineers. They can draw the UML Diagrams manually on the paper, but it is incredibly convenient to use the special UML diagramming software. The UML diagramming software allows you to draw the UML Diagrams in a few minutes.
ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is a powerful diagramming and vector drawing software that helps to design the detailed professional looking UML diagrams quick and easy.
Unified Modeling Language (UML)
Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a language of graphic description for object modeling in the field of software engineering. UML was created for definition, visualization, designing of software systems. UML is an open standard that uses graphic notations for creating visual models of object-oriented software systems.
Two types of diagrams are used in UML: Structure Diagrams and Behavior Diagrams. Behavior Diagrams represent the processes proceeding in a modeled environment. Structure Diagrams represent the elements that compose the system.
There are seven types of Structure Diagrams that must be present in any modeled system:
- Class Diagram
In software engineering, a UML Class Diagrams is a type of static structure diagram that is used both for general conceptual modeling of the systematics of the application, and for detailed modeling translating the models into programming code. It describes the structure of a system by showing the system's classes, their attributes, operations (or methods), and the relationships among the classes.
- Component Diagram
UML Component Diagram illustrate how components are wired together to larger components and software systems that shows the structure of arbitrarily complex systems.
- Composite Structure
UML Composite Structure Diagram shows the internal structure of a class and the possible interactions at this structure. It includes internal parts, ports, and connectors between parts or ports. Each element has some defined roles in the collaboration.
- Deployment Diagram
UML Deployment Diagram depicts the physical deployment of artifacts on nodes: nodes is the existing hardware components and artifacts is the software components running on each node; and how the different pieces are connected.
- Object Diagram
UML Object Diagram shows the structure of a modeled system at a specific time. UML Object Diagram focuses on some particular set of object instances and attributes, and the links between the instances. A correlated set of object diagrams provides insight into how an arbitrary view of a system is expected to evolve over time.
- Package Diagram
UML Package Diagram illustrates the functionality of a software system. ConceptDraw helps you to start designing your own UML Package Diagrams with examples and templates. You can use the appropriate stencils of UML notation for drawing your own UML Package Diagram.
The Behavior Diagrams group includes:
- Activity Diagram
UML Activity Diagram illustrates the business and operational step-by-step workflows of components in a system and shows the overall flow of control.
- State Machine Diagram
UML state machine's goal is to overcome the main limitations of traditional finite-state machines while retaining their main benefits. UML state machine introduce the new concepts of hierarchically nested states and orthogonal regions, while extending the notion of actions.
- Use Case Diagram
Use case diagrams are used at the development of software and systems for definition of functional system requirements or system of systems. Use case diagram presents the consecution of object’s actions (user’s or system’s) which are executed for reaching the definite result.
- Interaction Overview Diagram
UML Interaction Overview Diagram schematically shows a control flow with nodes and a sequence of activities that can contain interaction or sequence diagrams.
The subgroup of Interaction Diagrams controls the flow of control and data, and includes:
Pic. 1. Notation UML
The Rapid UML Solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM presents the intuitive RapidDraw interface that helps you to make the UML Diagrams of all types of UML 1.x and 2.x diagrams quick and easy.
Pic. 2. UML Diagramming Software for Mac and Windows
13 libraries of the Rapid UML Solution of ConceptDraw DIAGRAM make your UML diagramming simple, efficient, and effective. You can simply and quickly drop the ready-to-use objects from libraries into your document to create the UML Diagram.
Pic. 3. UML libraries
It's convenient to use templates and samples from the Rapid UML Solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM for quickly start drawing your own UML Diagrams.
The Rapid UML Solution provides templates and samples for each type of UML diagrams.
Pic. 3. Rapid UML Solution in ConceptDraw STORE
The documents of ConceptDraw DIAGRAM with UML Diagrams are vector graphic documents. They are available for reviewing, modifying or converting to a variety of formats: image, HTML, PDF file, MS PowerPoint Presentation, Adobe Flash or MS Visio.
Pic. 3. Export options from ConceptDraw DIAGRAM
ConceptDraw DIAGRAM extended with the Rapid UML solution is perfect for drawing professional UML diagrams.
TEN RELATED HOW TO's:
Software development flourishes nowadays. Students have tons of educational information and courses that would fit every taste. And it's no secret that knowing how to draw data flow diagrams is a useful skill for a future software architect. The diagrams help a lot in understanding how to storage data effectively and how data processes within a system.
This data flow diagram represents the model of small traditional production enterprise. It was created using Yourdon and Coad notation. The data flow diagram include four main objects: entity, process, data store and data flow. Yourdon and Coad notation uses circles to depict processes and parallel lines to represent data stores. Dataflows are shown as arrowed lines. They are labeled with the description of the data that move through them. Dataflow's role is to deliver the pieces of information. A process's function is to transform. the input data flow into output data flow. ConceptDraw Data Flow Diagrams solution contains the data flow diagram symbols of both Yourdon-Coad and Gane-Sarson notations and a set of handy templates to get started with DFD.
Picture: Data Flow Diagrams
There are many ways to describe a database structure. One of the most usual is to draw an entity relationship diagram (ERD) using a Crow’s Foot notation to represent database elements. If you don’t want to draw it on paper, you should use an appropriate software.
An entity-relationship (ER) diagram is used to show the structure of a business database. ERD represents data as objects (entities) that are connected with standard relationships symbols which Illustrate an association between entities. ERD, there is a wide range of ERD notations used by data bases architects for reflecting the relationships between the data entities. According to the crow’s foot notation relationships are drawn as single labeled lines designating a certain kinds of relationship. Crow foot notation is a most frequently used ERD standard, because of improved readability of diagrams, with a more accurate use of space on the page.
Picture: Entity Relationship Diagram - ERD - Software for Design Crows Foot ER Diagrams
Energy Pyramid Diagram is a visual graphical representation of the biomass productivity on the each trophic level in a given ecosystem. Its designing in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM will not take much time thanks to the unique Pyramid Diagrams solution from the Marketing area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.
Energy Pyramid Diagram begins from the producers (plants) and proceeds through a few trophic levels of consumers (herbivores which eat these plants, the carnivores which eat these herbivores, then carnivores which eat those carnivores, and so on) to the top of the food chain.
Picture: Energy Pyramid Diagram
A flowchart is a simple but very functional tool when it comes to understanding a workflow or to removing unnecessary stages from a process. When drawing flowcharts, keep in mind that there are four common types of flowcharts, like document flowcharts and data flowcharts that show control over a data or document flow over a system. To show controls on a physical level, use system flowcharts. In addition, to show controls in a program, you can draw a program flowchart.
This flowchart diagram represents the piece of an article editing process, that involves the author and editor. It was created using the Basic Flowchart notation that consists from the basic flowchart symbols. The start and the end of the process are indicated with "Terminator" symbols. The "Process" symbols show the action steps consisting from making edits and searching for a compromise, when the author does not agree with the suggestions of the editor. The "Process" symbol is the general symbol in process flowcharts. The "Decision" symbol indicates a branching in the process flow. There are two branches indicated by a Decision shape in the current flowchart (Yes/No, Disagree/Agree). This basic flowchart can be used as a repeating unit in the workflow diagram describing the working process of some editorial office.
Picture: Types of Flowcharts
Credit Card Processing System UML Diagram. This sample shows the Use Case Diagram of the credit card processing system. You can see how the payment by credit card occurs. This sample can be used by the bank, financial enterprises, for understanding the work of the credit card processing system at the projecting the banking systems.
Picture: Credit Card Processing System UML Diagram
When you need to visually represent the structure of relational database, Entity relationship diagram (ERD) is a type of diagram for that case.
Most entity-relationship diagrams can be built with objects from Flowchart solution or ERD Solution which contains inbuilt templates. Follow these steps to create your own custom ERD diagram.
Don't be frightened if it looks complex, ConceptDraw DIAGRAM makes it easy to create an ERD, and hundreds of other diagrams, in minutes.
Picture: Developing Entity Relationship Diagrams
Have you ever needed a flowchart, but did not have the time or tools to build one? Rapid Draw allows you to build a professional flowchart quickly and easily. You have the ability to add your own shapes to Rapid Draw’s built in shape library.
Picture: How To Create a FlowChart using ConceptDraw
Describing a workflow or approval process can take hours and be too complicated, especially since there are options to do it quickly and vividly. Diagrams called flowcharts replace long paragraphs of boring text and represent information in a graphic way. You can draw one on paper or you can use flowchart software to do it quickly and scalable. This kind of software is easy to use and you don’t need any special skills to start using it. In addition, there are a lot examples and predesigned templates on the Internet.
Flowcharts are a best tool for staking out a huge and complex process into some small readable parts. Surely, flowcharts can be drawn manually but the use of standard symbols that make it clear for a wide audience makes a software tool preferred for this task. The core for a successful flowchart is its simplicity. That is why often before beginning making flowchart through software, people draw the sketch on a piece of paper. Designing an effective flowchart means the combination of the data needed to be shown and the simplicity with which you depict it.
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