Wednesday, December 19, 2001 08:10 AM
Since you are too lazy to read the UML FAQ...
UML = Unified Modelling Language. This is a language (not a computer language or a spoken language) that uses pictures to describe pretty much anything. It is often used to describe software systems and business processes.
OOAD = Object Oriented Analysis and Design. This is the way people think and plan when designing software systems using Object Oriented technologies.
RUP = Rational Unified Process. This is Rational Software Corporation's process for designing software and planning business activities.
Process = Just a word. It can be used in lots of contexts, including "Rational Unified Process", processed-cheese, and food-processor. In the software context, it means "the way you plan something".