Before you start
Rational Application Developer provides diagrams which enable you to view code from different perspectives using UML 2.0 notation. These diagrams are referred to as UML visualization, not to be confused with UML Modeling. All UML visualizations in Rational Application Developer are synchronized with a source file. Modifications to the source file will dynamically change the diagram and vice versa. To create UML 2.0 models, you need to use Rational Software Modeler or Rational Software Architect. Stay tuned to developerworks for future tutorials covering the visual capabilities of both of those products.
This tutorial introduces you to the process of creating UML and non-UML diagrams using Rational Application Developer. This tutorial demonstrates the following Rational Application Developer diagrams:
- Class diagrams
- Sequence diagrams
- Browse diagrams
- Topic diagrams
Note:Rational Application Developer can be used to diagram more than just Java classes in class diagrams. Database components can also be diagramed. However, this tutorial does not cover that. For more information on diagramming database components, see the Resources section.
This tutorial is written for developers who are interested in learning about Rational Application Developer's visualization capabilities.
After completing this tutorial, you will know how to use Rational Application Developer to create class, sequence, browse, and topic diagrams.
This tutorials assumes that you have a solid understanding of Java programming. Knowledge of UML 2.0 diagrams is helpful, but not required.
To run the examples as demonstrated in this tutorial, you need to have Rational Application Developer installed on your machine.
If you don't already have a copy of Rational Application Developer, you can download a free trial version. All of the prerequisites for Rational Application Developer are located in the Resources section of this tutorial.