re: Do developers still need UML? VIEW POST


1: UML is bad and should not be left in a room alone. 2: UML does not scale.

About 1, some UML diagrams (most notably class diagram) do offer a usable way to enhance a message. It should only be used as a supportive image to an explanation. UML is not good it communicating the message by itself, a lot of information is encoded (vaguely) in the diagrams. It is not well understood by all. It does not translate well into all environments. The danger of including an UML diagram is that people will not read the supportive texts, and thereby not implementing it correctly. But I still used UML because it is better than nothing.

As for 2, as your architecture starts to grow the usability and readability of all UML diagrams starts to drop rapidly. The result will be worse than it using UML to begin with.

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