The Booch Method of Object-Oriented Analysis & Design
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The Booch method is one well-known OO-method,
that helps you design your systems using the object paradigm.
The Booch method covers the analysis and design phases of an OO-system
Booch defines a lot of symbols to document almost every design decision.
I guess that working with this method, one will rarely
use all the symbols and diagrams and will probably stick to a tailored sub-set,
indeed Booch references a minimal one in his book: the Booch Lite.
One aspect of Booch method deserves to be pointed out: the method is
descriptive, i.e. Booch tells you what you can do in terms of system
definition, and does not give you prescriptions on what you should do
in order to better perform analysis and design of the system.
Now, this could be seen by some as an advantage (those who like a certain
freedom for their software production), and as a weakness at the same
time as one would probably need more expertise and experience to go OO
without more specific guidelines.
Within the method one starts with class and object diagrams (a discovering
activity) in the analysis phase and refine these diagrams through various
steps (within the same diagram, undergoing a refinement process as long as
the problem domain gets more and more understood), following an
Design symbols are to be added when ready to generate code, usually
representing very final implementation decisions.
Here Booch notation large set appears to prove beneficial: it is possible to
fully document the OO-code.
(Because of the descriptive nature of the process, the order under which
diagrams are presented here has no direct meaning)
The Booch Method
This overview just gives a glance to the method and is very far from
being exhaustive, refer to the Booch book for better explanation of what
Object-Oriented Analysis and Design with
Applications, 2nd edition.
Benjamin Cummings, Redwood City. ISBN 0-8053-5340-2, 1993
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