How to create workflow diagrams with yUML

How to create workflow diagrams with yUML
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Working with yUML Diagrams

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  1. yUML Styles
  2. Class Diagrams
  3. Activity Diagrams
  4. Usecase Diagrams

bitkcor gives you several ways to visually represent workflows. yUML is one of those ways. To begin a yUML diagram using the default “scruffy” style, enter the following in the composer window.

[yuml][User][/yuml]

yUML Styles

yUML Diagrams come in three different styles; plain, boring, and scruffy. The default scruffy style looks like handwriting. We have often find it is difficult to read and encourage you to use the plain or boring styles. To invoke a different style, simple add “style=” before your first closed bracket.

[yuml style=plain][User][/yuml]


[yuml style=boring][User][/yuml]

yUML Colors

To add color to your diagram, invoke the color argument by adding {bg:colorname} after the word in the part of the diagram you would like to color. For example, here is the code to produce a plain red diagram block.

[yuml style=plain][red{bg:red}][/yuml]

Here is a selection of colors you can use in yUML Diagrams.

Click here for a complete list of available colors.

Class Diagrams

In this case, “class” means this and that.

Single Class

[yuml style=plain][User][/yuml]

Simple Association

[yuml style=plain][Customer]<->[Billing Address][/yuml]

Cardinality

[yuml style=plain] [Customer]1-0..*[Address] [/yuml]

Directional Association

[yuml style=plain][Order]-billing ->[Address], [Order]-shipping->[Address][/yuml]

Splash of Colour And UTF-8

[yuml style=plain][❝Customer❞{bg:orange}]❶- ☂->[Order{bg:green}][/yuml]

Aggregation

[yuml style=plain] [Company]<>-1>[Location], [Location]+->[Point][/yuml]

Composition

[yuml style=plain][Company]++-1>[London][/yuml]

Notes

[yuml style=plain] [Customer]<>1->*[Order], [Customer]-[note: Aggregate Root{bg:cornsilk}] [/yuml]

Inheritance

[yuml style=plain][Wages]^[Salaried],[Wages]^[Contractor][/yuml]

Interface Inheritance

[yuml style=plain][<<ITask>>]^-.-[Nightly Billing Task][/yuml]

Interface

[yuml style=plain][<<IDisposable>>;Session][/yuml]

Class With Details

[yuml style=plain][User|+Forename+;Surname;+HashedPassword;-Salt|+Login();+Logout()][/yuml]

Class Example 1

[yuml style=plain]%2F%2F Cool Class Diagram, [Customer|-forname:string;surname:string|doShiz()]<>-orders*>[Order], [Order]++-0..*>[LineItem], [Order]-[note:Aggregate root{bg:wheat}][/yuml]

Class Example 2

[yuml style=plain][note: You can stick notes on diagrams too!{bg:cornsilk}],[Customer]<>1-orders 0..*>[Order], [Order]++*-*>[LineItem], [Order]-1>[DeliveryMethod], [Order]*-*>[Product], [Category]<->[Product], [DeliveryMethod]^[National], [DeliveryMethod]^[International][/yuml]

Activity Diagrams

Simple Action

[yuml style=plain type=activity]
(start)->(Boil Kettle)->(end)
[/yuml]

Objects

[yuml style=plain type=activity](start)->[Water]->(Fill Kettle)->(end)[/yuml]

Connector Name

[yuml style=plain type=activity](start)-fill>(Fill Kettle)->(end)[/yuml]

Decisions and Constraints

[yuml style=plain type=activity]
(start)-><a>[kettle empty]->(Fill Kettle)->(Boil Kettle),<a>[kettle full]->(Boil Kettle)->(end)
[/yuml]

Fork/Join

[yuml style=plain type=activity](start)-><a>[kettle empty]->(Fill Kettle)->|b|,<a>[kettle full]->|b|->(Boil Kettle)->|c|,|b|->(Add Tea Bag)->(Add Milk)->|c|->(Pour Water)->(end),(Pour Water)->(end)[/yuml]

Usecase Diagrams

type=usecase allows you to create complex charts that represent activities performed by various individuals.

Actor

[yuml style=plain type=usecase][Customer][/yuml]

Actor & Usecase

[yuml style=plain type=usecase][Customer]-(Login)[/yuml]

Notes

[yuml style=plain type=usecase][Customer]-(Login), [Customer]-(note: Cust can be registered or not{bg:yellow})[/yuml]

Single Actor Multiple Usecases

[yuml style=plain type=usecase][Customer]-(Login), [Customer]-(Logout)[/yuml]

Actor Inheritance

[Cms Admin]^[User]

Multiple Actors And Inheritance

[yuml style=plain type=usecase][Cms Admin]^[User], [Customer]^[User], [Agent]^[User][/yuml]

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Usecase Example 1

[yuml style=plain type=usecase] [Customer]-(Sign In), [Customer]-(Buy Products), (Buy Products)>(Browse Products), (Buy Products)>(Checkout), (Checkout)<(Add New Credit Card) [/yuml]

Usecase Example 2

[yuml style=plain type=usecase](note: figure 1.2{bg:yellow}), [User]-(Login),[Site Maintainer]-(Add User),(Add User)<(Add Company),[Site Maintainer]-(Upload Docs),(Upload Docs)<(Manage Folders),[User]-(Upload Docs), [User]-(Full Text Search Docs), (Full Text Search Docs)>(Preview Doc),(Full Text Search Docs)>(Download Docs), [User]-(Browse Docs), (Browse Docs)>(Preview Doc), (Download Docs), [Site Maintainer]-(Post New Event To The Web Site), [User]-(View Events)[/yuml]

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Very educational. Might just have to try this!:grin:

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