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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Packt Publishing (5 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904811558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904811558
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.4 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 926,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Patrick Gr¿ssle is the co-founder and board member of KnowGravity Inc. (http://www.knowgravity.com) in Z¿rich, a leading supplier of MDA and Business Rules know-how. Patrick studied Informatics and Economics at the University of Z¿rich. In 1986, he built his first model of an IT system using structured analysis and did not stop modeling since then. He has applied UML in many projects. He used and consulted structured and object-oriented methods for system specification. In the nineties, he helped develop the first localized UML trainings in Switzerland. The UML-based 'Model Driven Architecture' and the 'Business Rules Approach' absorb his main interest nowadays, but he is still doing UML training and consulting.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacek Laskowski on 29 April 2011
Format: Paperback
It'd been a while since I received the book "UML 2.0 in Action: A project-based tutorial" for a review. The subject wasn't at all engaging and so I wasn't very tempted to give it a whirl for a long time. Even the publication date - September 2005 - hardly invited me to its reading but in the end I found it very informatory and concise to some degree.

The book's just slightly over 200 pages with many diagrams, figures and checklists so it doesn't take long to read it after all. Its authors seemed very competent and described each and every detail "to apply UML to real world development projects" (quoting the book's subtitle). The checklists and questionnaires were specially useful as they can be used as a kind of a cheat sheet for the steps to follow to reach a given architectural outcome. There were criteria to apply and procedures for drawing UML diagrams followed by their explanations.

Such "a simplified approach to UML" (page 29) paved the way for its use in my projects since the book presented UML as a practical language without more ado - it had barely enough to show the aim and proper use of the language. That's the book's most precious value.

The other value of the book were many suggestions, observations and examples of how the authors used UML in real projects. The book contained many such examples where the authors set out their explanation with "in our practical experience", "we recommend", "helpful techniques have proven", "we often encounter", "practice shows" and such. The authors used excerpts from the UML 2.0 specification to convey their point.

The authors however didn't manage to avoid using the same pattern to explain modeling business and IT systems and the book suffered from almost repeating itself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Guest on 27 May 2008
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This book certainly lives up to it's byline of being "a detailed and practical walk-through showing how to apply UML to real world development projects".

UML is a standardized visual specification language for object modeling and is short for "Unified Modeling Language" that includes a graphical notation used to create an abstract model of a system, referred to as a UML model. There are many software tools available which can be used for code generation and reverse engineering, such as the new PEAR package PHP_UML which generates a UML representation of existing PHP source code.

This book assumes no prior knowledge of UML and this works very well. It is by no means comprehensive but that it's what the authors set out to write - this book is focused on being a practical tutorial for learning the essentials of modelling business systems, IT systems and systems integration - no more, no less. It does this admirably and I'll recommend this book as a reference and introduction for developers performing system analysis and design activities.

By happy coincidence, I do own a copy of UML 2.0 in a NutShell which is a perfect companion for "UML 2.0 in Action" should you need to learn that little bit more or require a reference book on the intricacies of UML 2.0.
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This book is a very good introduction to the power of modeling with UML. After an initial presentation of the basic principles of modeling and UML, the book presents the diagrams used to model both business and software views of systems. The final part is devoted to the models that can be used for system integration.

All the diagrams are presented through the same case study. This book does not claim to be a detailed presentation of UML. It achieves with its case study to reach a good balance between providing enough knowledge to be used in real life situations, without being lost in features that are rarely used. The nicest aspect of this book is that it is not only a technical manual on UML diagrams, but it provides also valuable information and tips on how to create and verify them, by providing questions that will help you to conduct your analysis.

This is a book that I will recommend as a reference for developers performing system analysis and design activities. It is also a good practical book for students that follow an UML course.
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By Amazon Customer on 31 July 2013
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This is a reasonable book with plenty of insight into UML. However it is nothing comprehensive and is a little on the thin side given the cost. The examples are clear but limited and at times the fact that the book is a translation is obvious. What is missing is a good examination of how UML 2 differs from earlier versions - the topic is given only a cursory mention - but what is there is well presented and easy to comprehend.
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By P. Sellek on 17 May 2010
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The book has been very useful for deciding which diagrams to use and when and also enabled me to create standards for work showing which symbols to use.
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