This is a only-documentation class for simple UML notation.
In Javadoc there may be nice to have an UML presentation of coherence between classes.
An UML graphic created with an UML-Tool, exported as graphic file and linked in the javadoc
may be a good style. But the presentation of the UML diagramm is not able to seen in the
source code, only seen in an browser viewing javadoc.
On the other hand the coherence are simple to show usual. A complex UML diagram is not need.
A simple representation is sufficient.
Here a simple notation is described, which can be used.
!Some application notes.
!Some application notes.
The class is presented only with a vertical line. A box written with
| Name |
is too much effort to write in the code. It may be more nice, but the beneficing is lesser then the effort.
Attributes or methods should only shown if there are essential for that presentations. It may be essential
that some methods are overwritten.
| +------> ToAnotherClass
| | +---------------<>|
|------+ | |
| | AnotherClass
NameOfClass <---------------------------------+ |
All arrows can be used only in horizontal direction. There is not an ASCII character to show
vertical arrows. Generally only standard ASCII-character should be used!
Type of associations:
----------> A simple association (may be a null-reference, reference can be changed)
-reference-----> The name of the reference in the own class can be named in the arrow or not.
It's question of space and explicitness.
---------|> An abstraction (inheritance). In java it referes the super class.
It may be used too to refer interfaces.
<>--------> An aggregation in UML. In Java it is a final reference which is set
by a parameter given in the constructor.
<&>------&> Aggregation to its environment class.
An environment class is a known construct in Java (non-static inner class has the environment class).
In UML it is a Composition.
<*>-------> An composition in UML (filled diamond). In Java it is a final reference
which is set by a new in the constructor or class body.
---------*> An association (or aggregation or composition) to any number of referenced
instances. In Java it is a container like List etc. The references type is the container element type
List < ReferType > .
---------2> An association (or aggregation or composition) to a given number of referenced
instances. In Java it is a final array with a constant initialized number of elements.
Refertype  array = new Refertype .
In UML a control flow or event transmission is shown in an sequence diagram usually.
But a control flow - calling of some methods of another class inside a method - may be essential to present in a graphic.
The following notation can be used:
A called method is shown by an asterisk. The sequence of calling some methods inside may be a point of interest.
Don't show too many details, maybe conditions etc. Only the fact of calling something may be essential.
Either the name of the reference or the type or both can be shown.
Usage of links
If there is enough space to write a
-link to the type, do it. It helps in navigation.