Coding, Testing, and Documenting the Iteration

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One of the final steps in building an iteration is the implementation of the method bodies in the chosen language before an iteration is complete. Interaction diagrams (Sequence and Collaboration diagrams) are used to help in this process because they tell you who does what to whom and when they do it.

Testing, although it is has not been discussed until this point, is a very important ingredient in the iterative and incremental life cycle. As the analysis and design progresses through the life cycle, testing plans and procedures are created. Again, use cases are an important part of this activity since they document what the system must do. The iteration should be tested to ensure that it truly does what is stated in the use case. Iterations are also integrated with previous iterations ”you do not wait until the system is complete to put the iterations together. The iteration is evaluated to ensure that it eliminates its assigned risks. Any risks that were not eliminated (along with any risks that were found along the way) are reassigned to a future iteration.

The decisions made regarding the design of the iteration are captured in the models for the iteration. This information is used to generate the documentation for the iteration. Documentation should be generated on a iterative basis ”I have found that systems that wait until the project is complete to document it rarely have good documentation (indeed, they sometimes do not have any documentation!).

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Visual Modeling with Rational Rose 2002 and UML
Visual Modeling with Rational Rose 2002 and UML (3rd Edition)
ISBN: 0201729326
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2002
Pages: 134

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