Modelling your application architecture
In Visual Studio, a component diagram shows the parts of a design for a software system. A component diagram helps you visualize the high-level structure of the system and the service behavior that those pieces provide and consume through interfaces. To create a UML component diagram, on the Architecture menu, click New UML or Layer Diagram.
The following table describes the elements that you can use on a component diagram, together with their main properties.
In Visual Studio, you can use a layer diagram to visualize the high-level, logical architecture of your system. A layer diagram organizes the physical artifacts in your system into logical, abstract groups called layers. These layers describe major tasks that the artifacts perform or the major components of your system. Each layer can also contain nested layers that describe more detailed tasks.
Unlike a traditional architecture diagram, throught layer diagram in Visual Studio, you can verify that the actual dependencies in the source code conform to the intended dependencies that you have specified. By making validation part of a regular build on Team Foundation Server, you can ensure that the program code continues to adhere to the system's architecture through future changes.
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