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Can Use Case be called as an OOAD artifact?
I guess there is some confusion between OOAD and UML artifacts.
Any takes?
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Originally posted by Raj Waters:
Can Use Case be called as an OOAD artifact?


I don't know. A use case diagram doesn't have much to do with objects at all, though it does have something like inheritance defined. On the other hand, I don't think that an "analysis class diagramm" has much to do with objects as we know them in design/programming, so I don't know what OOA would mean at all - other than being a buzzword...
But why do you care in the fist place???


I guess there is some confusion between OOAD and UML artifacts.


And also between use case *diagrams* (which are a UML artifact) and use cases (which aren't - they are textual in nature)...
 
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Hi Ilja
The reason for putting this coz there is a question on IBM ICE exam where it says
Which OOAD artifact......?
and the answer is Use Case
and hence the confusion
 
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Originally posted by Raj Waters:
Can Use Case be called as an OOAD artifact?


I don't think so. Use cases and Use case diagrams are UML artifacts. OOAD has nothing to do with UML, which is just a visual presentation tool.

The reason for putting this coz there is a question on IBM ICE exam where it says
Which OOAD artifact......?


I guess the question was improperly framed.
 
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Originally posted by Jayadev Pulaparty:
OOAD has nothing to do with UML, which is just a visual presentation tool.


Correct. But what the hell *is* OOA??? Can you define it?
 
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OOAD is Object Oriented Analysis & Design - everything up to coding. UML is a good notation for recording certain parts of analysis and design. A lot of other stuff lives as plain text, pictures, etc.
Use cases are not really object oriented, and could be used for purely procedural systems. But they are often used in OOAD, and I'd buy the test answer.
I think of UML as more than a visual presentation standard. It is a language with complex semantics that represents different aspects of a common underlying model. It can be (but is not always) linked to a concrete underlying model by a drawing tool.
UML defines thirteen diagrams as artifacts. The use case diagram with a symbol for use case is one of them, but I agree that use case itself is not a UML artifact.
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