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Class Diagram

The class diagram is the main building block in object oriented modelling. It is used both for general conceptual modelling of the systematics of the application, and for detailed modelling translating the models into programming code. The classes in a class diagram represent both the main objects and or interactions in the application and the objects to be programmed. In the class diagram these classes are represented with boxes which contain three parts:

A class with three sections.
  • The upper part holds the name of the class
  • The middle part contains the attributes of the class
  • The bottom part gives the methods or operations the class can take or undertake
In the system design of a system, a number of classes are identified and grouped together in a class diagram which helps to determine the statical relations between those objects. With detailed modeling, the classes of the conceptual design are often split in a number of subclasses. In order to further describe the behavior of systems, these class diagrams can be complemented by state diagram or UML state machine.