Systematic Design of Web Applications with UML

Systematic Design of Web Applications with UML

Rolf Hennicker (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany) and Nora Koch (Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, Germany, F.A.S.T. Applied Software Technology, GmbH, Germany)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-05-1.ch001
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We propose a systematic design method for Web applications which takes into account the navigation space and the presentational aspects of the application. The method is based on a UML profile for the Web domain. Starting with a use case analysis and a conceptual model of the application, we first provide guidelines for modeling the navigation space. From the navigation space model we can derive, in a subsequent step, a navigational structure model which shows how to navigate through the navigation space using access elements like indexes, guided tours, queries and menus. Finally, a static and dynamic presentation model is constructed. The different models of the design process are represented by using a Web extension of UML. The strength of the presented methodology is that most steps can be performed in a semiautomatic way, thus providing the basis for a systematic mechanism for Web design.

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