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Choices.txt - Uml required/recommended? Word format?

James Clarke
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Joined: Oct 04, 2004
Posts: 148
Hi all,

UML diagrams are not asked for in the requirements but I have noticed a lot of people on this forum that seem to have implemented them. Are they recommended to get a good score?

The requirements doc asks for the choices file in ASCII format, would I loose marks if I submit a Microsoft word document ? The word document would also make it easier to paste UML diagrams.

From the requirements document:
"A file called choices.txt that containing pure ASCII (not a word processor format) text describing the significant design choices you made."

I read in the book Java Developer 2 Exam Cram that a word document will be acceptable, but hesitant to go against the requirements doc!!

Thanks in advance,
Alexander V Fahrmann

Joined: Jan 16, 2008
Posts: 22
Hi, James.

I think, you may submit both versions of your choices document:
as long as the choices.txt file exists where it should be,
the requirements are met.

Herman Schelti
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Joined: Jul 17, 2006
Posts: 387
hi James,

I would not go against the requirements.
The book you mention is probably old, requirements may have changed since then.

PS I did not send any UML drawings and got 100% score on documentation
[ April 11, 2008: Message edited by: Herman Scheltinga ]
Ciaran Cahill

Joined: Aug 03, 2007
Posts: 10
I would say go with the text document. It sounds like an absolute requirement, there's no point in risking it. You could do a UML diagram and export it as a JPG image - they should be able to view that without any problems.
James Clarke
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Joined: Oct 04, 2004
Posts: 148
Thanks guys!!
Gilles Marceau
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Joined: Feb 17, 2007
Posts: 78
Hello James,

in my opinion, you should respect the format expected by Sun for choice.txt
(pure ASCII). On the other hand, there is one place where you can add a UML
diagram; this is in the javadoc. I have seen sometimes a UML package
dependencies diagram at the overview level in well-known java lib javadoc.
It gives a quick overview of the packages, and it's really handy for the user.

Hope it helps.

[ April 12, 2008: Message edited by: Gilles Marceau ]

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