CS253: Software Development with C++

Spring 2018




In this lab, we will discuss UML, the Unified Modeling Language. Specifically, we will be discussing UML’s Class diagram aspect. It’s a way of describing class relationships graphically.

These diagrams help us to describe the relationships of classes in a complex system. They also help us to actually design our classes, as opposed to “design by coding”.

Understand the Class Diagram

Consider this diagram from http://edn.embarcadero.com/article/31863#classdiagrams

You should understand how the following are indicated (look here for help):

Creating a Class Diagram

Now, consider the following classes:

  1. Draw a class diagram for these objects.
  2. Indicate any abstract classes.
  3. Give each class attributes and operations, as needed.
  4. Draw association lines between classes.
  5. Add multiplicities.
  6. Add generalization triangles.
  7. Add association navigability arrows.

For the tasks in that list, there are no hard right or wrong answers. Should a Tire have a pointer to its associated Car? Where do I use aggregation, as opposed to association? These are design questions.

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