The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (30 December 2018):
Unified Modeling Language
(UML) A non-proprietary, third generation modelling
language. The Unified Modeling Language is an open method
used to specify, visualise, construct and document the
artifacts of an object-oriented software-intensive system
under development. The UML represents a compilation of "best
engineering practices" which have proven successful in
modelling large, complex systems.
UML succeeds the concepts of Booch, OMT and OOSE by
fusing them into a single, common and widely usable modelling
language. UML aims to be a standard modelling language which
can model concurrent and distributed systems.
UML is not an industry standard, but is taking shape under
the auspices of the Object Management Group (OMG). OMG has
called for information on object-oriented methodologies, that
might create a rigorous software modelling language. Many
industry leaders have responded in earnest to help create the
See also: STP, IDE.
OMG UML Home (http://uml.org/).
Rational UML Resource Center