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Quick Summary : Object Associations

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Composition

final class Company{
private final Employee Employee;
{
    Company(EmpDetails details) {
    engine = new Employee(details);
  }
   void assign() {
      emp.work();
   } 
}

Aggregation

final class Company{
  private Employee engine;
  void addEmployee(Employee emp) {
    this.emp = emp;
  }
  void assign() {
    if (emp != null)
      emp.work();
  }
}

Dependency

final class Company{
  void assign(Employee emp) {
    if (emp != null)
      emp.work();
  }
}

Abstraction

public interface Employee{
 public void work();
 public void off();
 public void quit();
}

Realisation

public abstract class Engineer implements Employee
{
 public void work();
 public void off();
 public void quit();
}

Generalization

public class SWEngineer extends Engineer
{
 public void work()
 {
  System.out.println('SW Engineer working');
 }
 public void off()
 {
  System.out.println('SW Engineer is off today');
 }

 public void quit()
 {
  System.out.println('SW Engineer is quitting');
 }

}

Relationships

Association Defines a relationship between classes. Compositon and Aggregation are types of associations
Composition the Employee is encapsulated within the Company . There is no way for the outside world to get a reference to the Employee. The Employee is created and destroyed with the company
Aggregation The Company also performs its functions through an Employee, but the Employee is not always an internal part of the Company . Employees can be exchanged, or even completely removed. As the employee is injected, the Employee reference can live outside the Company.
Dependency The company does not hold the employee reference. It receives an employee reference only to the scope an operation. Company is dependent on the Employee object to perform an operation
Abstraction Defines the basic operations the implementer should adher to. Employee interface lists the general behavior of an employee
Realization A class implements the behavior defined by the other other class or interface
Generalization A class which is a special form of a parent class

UML Relationship Pointers

Resources

 

Reference: Quick Summary : Object Associations from our JCG partner Srividhya Umashanker at the Thoughts of a Techie blog.

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