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Object/Behavior Diagrams

Authors: G. Kappel, M. Schrefl
Paper: Kapp91b (1991)
Citation: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on Data Engineering (ICDE 1991), Kobe, Japan, April 8-12, 1991, IEEE Computer Society Press, ISBN 0-8186-2138-9, pp. 530-539, 1991.
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Schema diagrams are widely used in database design as they support a high-level graphical representation abstracting from particular implementation details. Traditional schema diagrams, such as entity-relationship diagrams, aim at describing object structure. They are insufficient, however, to depict object-oriented database schemes which also capture object behavior. Object/Behavior Diagrams fill this need. They provide for a uniform graphical representation of the structure as well as the behavior of objects, strictly following the object-oriented paradigm.