Software architecture diagram tool

UML tool is used broadly here to include application programs which are not exclusively focused on UML, but which support some functions of the Unified Modeling Language, either as an add-on, as a component or as a part of their overall software architecture diagram tool. When developers draw diagrams of object-oriented software, they usually follow the UML notation. Code generation and reverse engineering are explained in more detail below.

Code generation in this context means that the user creates UML diagrams, which have some connected model data, and the UML tool derives from the diagrams part or all of the source code for the software system. There is some debate among software developers about how useful code generation as such is. It certainly depends on the specific problem domain and how far code generation should be applied. There are well known areas where code generation is an established practice, not limited to the field of UML. An often cited criticism is that the UML diagrams lack the detail that is needed to contain the same information as is covered with the program source: Jack W. Reeves states that the final embodiment of the design lies in the source code. The source code often has much more detailed information than one would want to see in design diagrams.

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This problem is addressed by software architecture reconstruction. Diagram data is normally not contained with the program source, such that the UML tool, at least in the initial step, has to create some random layout of the graphical symbols of the UML notation or use some automatic layout algorithm to place the symbols in a way that the user can understand the diagram. UML diagrams in their full complexity. XMI does not support UML Diagram Interchange, which allows the importation of UML diagrams from one model to another. A key concept associated with the model-driven architecture initiative is the capacity to transform a model into another model. For example, one might want to transform a platform-independent domain model into a Java platform-specific model for implementation.

It is also possible to refactor UML models to produce more concise and well-formed UML models. Wikimedia Commons has media related to UML tools. C4 model that I use for communicating and diagramming software systems. Hello Simon, what do the arrows actually mean? For example, “A calls B”, or “A uses B”. To answer your specific question, sure, why not.

As I said, just make sure you annotate the arrow to describe the intent. Hello, Which tool are you using to sketch your diagrams? You mentioned Structurizr in the past but it is still marked as “work in progress”. Sample flowchart representing the decision process to add a new article to Wikipedia.