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System Architecture Notation

For years and years, I’ve used the simple circle and square notation shown in the top half of the figure below in order to communicate (mostly to myself) multi-technology system designs. I did it because UML hadn’t been invented yet, and circles/squares were trivial to draw with any software drawing tool.

Now that UML has been out for quite a while, I’m gonna (try) and switch to the UML notation shown in the bottom half of the diagram. Even though packages and nodes are slightly harder to draw than circles and squares with most mainstream drawing tools, every UML tool makes it as easy as pie. Even Visio (my favorite engineering graphics tool) has templates for easily generating UML notation.


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