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difference between "method" and "operation"

I'm studying Craig Larman's "Applying uml and Patterns" (third ed.)
reading at the book it seems (16.6) that Operations and Methods in a
Class diagram are something different but it's not explained what's the

I always thought they were the same thing.
Do someone knows what's the difference?

thanx alot

ps. I'm sorry if this question is not in the right newsgroup, I didn't
know any better one.
Sep 11 '05 #1
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"Giulio" <fr************ *@email.it.inva lid> wrote in message
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I'm studying Craig Larman's "Applying uml and Patterns" (third ed.)
reading at the book it seems (16.6) that Operations and Methods in a Class
diagram are something different but it's not explained what's the

I always thought they were the same thing.
Do someone knows what's the difference?

thanx alot

I don't have the third edition but am looking at page 186-7 of the
second edition. In this section he states how the *UML defines* operations
and methods. He is not referring to Java or an other programming language.
So in the UML an *operation* is defined as an abstraction (much like an
interface in Java) and a *method* is defined as the implementation of the
operation in the UML
public void setSomething(So mething s);

method in the UML
public void setSomething(So mething s)
this.something = s;
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Sep 11 '05 #2
thanx it's ok
Sep 11 '05 #3
an operation in a programming language can mean the interaction of many
Methods. To calculate the roots of a Quadratic equation which is an
operation, one might need to call several methods like
calculate Square root()
calculate firstroot()
calculate second root()
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thanx it's ok

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