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Usage of an Association class in Rational Rhapsody

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What is the purpose of an Associstion class in IBM Rational Rhapsody?


You would like to know what is an Association class and how it is rendered.


An association class is used to model an association as a class. Association classes often occur in many-to-one and many-to-many associations where the association itself has attributes.

As an example, consider a many-to-many association between classes Person and Company. The association could have properties; e.g. salary, jobClassification, startDate, etc. In this case, the association is more correctly modeled as an association class with attributes rather than trying to fold the attributes into one of the classes in the association.

An association class is rendered by a dashed line from the association to the class rectangle.

In UML, it can be understood as a class which has association properties OR as an association which has class properties.

Document information

More support for: Rational Rhapsody
General Information

Software version: 7.6,, 7.6.1,,,, 8.0, 8.0.1, 8.0.2

Operating system(s): Linux, Windows

Reference #: 1632165

Modified date: 26 March 2013

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