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Class vs Object Vs State daigrams

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I would like to know when, where, why we use
Class vs Object Vs State daigrams.


What are practical uses, advantages of each of them.

please advise
Any links resources ideas highly appreciated. Thanks in advance
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Question by:gudii9
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1) A class diagram shows the static relationships between classes.  A common example is a class hierarchy like this one for Java's AWT library:
http://www.ged.fi/DesignPatterns/AWT.gif

Class diagrams are very common.

2) A state diagram shows the flow of a process - the different states that you can be in and how those states are allowed to change.  E.g. When you use an ATM you can be in a series of different states (e.g. have you entered your PIN number yet or not).  Here's an example of a state diagram for an ATM:
http://people.engr.ncsu.edu/efg/210/s99/Notes/fsm/atm.gif

State diagrams are also quite common as a way to represent a process that happens over time.

3) An object diagram shows a snapshot in time - the relationship between a set of specific objects.  Here's an example of an object diagram:
http://static1.creately.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/UML-Object-Diagram.png

The key is that it's showing specific instances (e.g. order_number=0001), not just general relationships between classes.

Personally I've never seen anyone have to draw an object diagram.  Class diagrams and state diagrams are both much more common as they deal with the general behavior of the system - not a specific moment in time (as an object diagram does).

Hope that helps,

Doug
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where can i find lot of examples, diagrams of above kind and good resources to refer.

In the state diagram

http://people.engr.ncsu.edu/efg/210/s99/Notes/fsm/atm.gif

what each circle represents?
Please advise
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Circle represents a state and a line represents an input/event/action.

In attached snap below can be the examples of state:
- Waiting for card
- Waiting for PIN
- Waiting for choice (Withdraw/Deposit)
- Waiting for amount
- Waiting for confirmation

and

sn on.
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