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Documenting Software Architectures: Views and Beyond, Second Edition by Judith Stafford, Robert Nord, Paulo Merson, Reed Little, James Ivers, David Garlan, Len Bass, Felix Bachmann, Paul Clements

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A. UML—Unified Modeling Language

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A.1 Introduction

The Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a standardized visual language for modeling software designs. Originally created to merge a number of similar-but-different notations for object-oriented modeling, UML has grown to become the de facto standard for representing software designs in systems of all kinds. The purpose of this appendix is to show how UML should be used to describe different kinds of information found in software architecture documentation: module views, component-and-connector (C&C) views, allocation views, behavior documentation, and interfaces.

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