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Visibility attributes in UML diagrams

Joao Bosco Jares
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Hi Friends,

I am working with a UML Tool that use icons in place of the visibility attributes, such as one icon for "+", "-" and "#" visibilities. Any can tell me if it can represents a problem for the assignment?


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Jeanne Boyarsky
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That's not very standard. Not sure if it would be wise to risk it. What UML tool is it?


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Joao Bosco Jares
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Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:That's not very standard. Not sure if it would be wise to risk it. What UML tool is it?


Thanks Jeanne Boyarsky!
I am using the IBM RSA.

Any one have any other point of view to share?


Thanks a lot.
Devashish Bansal
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Joined: May 12, 2011
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I am also using IBM RSA and i know a friend who used this tool with icons in his assignment and passed, so i think there is no issue in using this tool, RSA (earlier Rational Rose) being the most famous UML tool since inception, also RSA is UML 2.1 compliant.


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Joao Bosco Jares
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Devashish Bansal wrote:I am also using IBM RSA and i know a friend who used this tool with icons in his assignment and passed, so i think there is no issue in using this tool, RSA (earlier Rational Rose) being the most famous UML tool since inception, also RSA is UML 2.1 compliant.


Thanks a lot.
Sharma Ashutosh
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I think it's okay to have +, - and # as visibility icons...most importantly the tool should spit out the static images and not dynamic images...


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Devashish Bansal
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Actually, in RSA you can change visibility icons to +,-,#. In class diagram, select the box you want to change, go to menu Diagram->Filters->Stereotype and visibility style| and select Visibility style:Text.

But i found a more stubborn issue in RSA, in sequence diagrams it always shows text on every msg as 1.1.1 <text> and i cannot find how to hide this sequence number, and this is forcing me to move to other UML tools having wasted lot of time creating class diagram in RSA , if anyone happens to know solution to this, please do reply.

-Dev
Sirish Somanchi
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Joined: Jul 12, 2011
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You can remove the number (1.1.1) before the msg in sequence diagrams by selecting "No numbers" option of "Message numbering on Sequence Diagrams" in Window->Preferences->Modeling->UML Diagrams->Sequence and Communication. (I am using RSA 8.0.2)

-Sirish
Devashish Bansal
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AHA...So they improved this in new version as I am using 7.0 and there is no such option in menu. Will download 8.0.3 now and get some relief, i don't understand how RSA (earlier versions) was such a famous tool if the sequence diagram shows "mandatory" numbers which make it look highly unprofessional.

Many Thanks for the info.
Sirish Somanchi
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Joined: Jul 12, 2011
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Apparently the option was available from v7.0.0.1 onwards (http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/forums/thread.jspa?threadID=181742)

-Sirish
 
It is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.
 
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