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UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language (Object Technology Series) [Paperback]

Martin Fowler , Kendall Scott
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25 Aug 1999 020165783X 978-0201657838 2

The award-winning first edition of UML Distilled was widely praised for being a concise guide to the core parts of the UML and has proved extremely successful in helping developers identify the most important parts of the language. UML Distilled, Second Edition, maintains the concise format with significantly updated coverage of use cases and activity diagrams, and expanded coverage of collaborations. It also includes a new appendix detailing the changes between UML versions. Beginning with a summary of UML's history, development, and rationale the book moves into a discussion of how the UML can be integrated into the object-oriented development process. The primary author profiles the various modeling techniques in the UML--such as use cases, class diagrams, and interaction diagrams--and describes the notation and semantics clearly and succinctly. He also outlines useful non-UML techniques such as CRC cards and patterns.



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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (25 Aug 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 020165783X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0201657838
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 18.7 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 341,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The second edition of Martin Fowler's bestselling UML Distilled provides updates to the Unified Modeling Language (UML) without changing its basic formula for success. It is still arguably the best resource for quick, no- nonsense explanations to using UML.

The major strength of UML Distilled is its short, concise presentation of the essentials of UML and where it fits within today's software development process. The book describes all the major UML diagram types, what they're for and the basic notation involved creating and deciphering them. These diagrams include use cases, class and interaction diagrams, followed by collaborations, state, activity and physical diagrams. The examples are always clear and the explanations cut to the fundamental design logic.

For the second edition, the material has been reworked for use cases and activity diagrams, plus there are numerous small tweaks throughout, including the latest UML v. 1.3 standard. An appendix even traces the evolution of UML versions.

Working developers often don't have time to keep up with new innovations in software engineering. This new edition lets you get acquainted with some of the best thinking about efficient object-oriented software design using UML in a convenient format that will be essential to anyone who designs software professionally. --Richard Dragan, amazon.com

Topics covered: UML basics, analysis and design, outline development (software development process), inception, elaboration, managing risks, construction, transition, use case diagrams, class diagrams, interaction diagrams, collaborations, state diagrams, activity diagrams, physical diagrams, patterns, refactoring basics.

From the Back Cover

Now widely adopted as the de facto industry standard and sanctioned by the Object Management Group, the Unified Modeling Language (UML) is a notation all software developers need to know and understand. However, the UML is a big language, and not all of it is equally important. The award-winning first edition of UML Distilled was widely praised for being a concise guide to the core parts of the UML and has proved extremely successful in helping developers get up and running quickly. UML Distilled, Second Edition, maintains the concise format with significantly updated coverage of use cases and activity diagrams, and expanded coverage of collaborations. It also includes a new appendix detailing the changes between UML versions.

Written for those with a basic understanding of object-oriented analysis and design, this book begins with a summary of UML's history, development, and rationale and then moves into a discussion of how the UML can be integrated into the object-oriented development process. The primary author profiles the various modeling techniques in the UML--such as use cases, class diagrams, and interaction diagrams--and describes the notation and semantics clearly and succinctly. He also outlines useful non-UML techniques such as CRC cards and patterns. These descriptions are made even more relevant with a collection of best practices based on the primary author's experience and a brief Java programming example demonstrating the implementation of a UML-based design. With this tour of the key parts of the UML, readers will be left with a firm foundation upon which to build models and develop further knowledge of the Unified Modeling Language.

Praise for the First Edition

"UML Distilled is a recipient of the prestigious 1997 Software Development Magazine Productivity Award in the Books category. Addison-Wesley congratulates authors Martin Fowler and Kendall Scott for their outstanding work."

"This book is a godsend. It is packed with solid advice presented in a concise and highly readable way. The essence of the notations is explained very well indeed but the author goes beyond this to give very clear insights into the application of UML techniques."
-- Jennifer Stapleton, Vice President Technical, British Computer Society

"UML Distilled is well written, knowledgeable about both systems development and UML, and disarmingly honest."
-- Robert L. Glass, The Software Practitioner (March 1998)

"UML Distilled proves that you can say a lot of useful things about computing in a small book."
-- Gregory V. Wilson, Dr. Dobb's Journal



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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction and Overview. 28 Aug 2001
Format:Paperback
Despite some of the recent comments I found this book to be an excellent introduction to UML. Although I have quite some experience in using UML in commercial environments, this is a book I will carry with me to explain simply and clearly to others what it is about. Don't expect to find process or technique, that is not the idea of this little guide, but if you are used to some forms of moddelling, you may expect an easy route to introductory UML.
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3.0 out of 5 stars UML Dishevelled 9 Feb 2003
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I hate to say this, because I like the author's style and agree with many of his comments, but this book is next to useless.
It is a very good 20 minute intro to the ideas of UML, and gives a (too) concise intro to the basic diagraming techniques etc. However, as an experienced developer with some knowledge of UML already, plus other design techniques, I have to admit that he lost me in Chapter 4, simply because of the break-neck speed that he goes at, without pausing to state exactly what you would use something for.
E.g. he mentions that a diagram could be done at 3 different levels of varying abstraction, but a) provides no example diagrams of each, and b) there's no clear definition of the differences.
Considering many have called this the "standard UML intro" take heed - what you can read in this book you can get free on the internet. If it covered more or explained it all better then I would be all for the book........ but it doesn't.
Sorry Martin!
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
This book is a slim volume printed in a large type face, only a pamphlet really. I usually prefer concise books but this book lacks any detailed descriptions, examples or case-studies. If you are seriously trying to learn UML this is not the book for you. If you intend actually using UML then try a different book such as the one from the O'Reilly series.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First interesting book on UML I've come across 8 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
The book is only 180 pages long, and so contains far less woffle than most similar books. It appears to cover all the main UML diagram types, giving them about a dozen pages each, and it gives useful (brief!) comments on where the author finds them useful. Sometimes there is not quite enough information, particularly in respect of use cases, but the author does give good further references. The book also describes a plausible "lightweight" analysis and development method based on "Rational Unified Process. Overall I get the impression that Fowler is a real working analyst, programmer and project manager - not the impression I usually get from books of this ilk.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful as a reference. 27 Mar 2013
By IK
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This book won't teach you much.
And there is really not much to teach about UML but it is useful when you need to look-up examples of certain diagrams.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great summary and overview of uml 5 Dec 2012
By Mikecpl
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Get a copy if you are using uml. Great summary of all the useful parts of uml and a handy reference guide.
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The second edition of this book is based on UML 1.4 standard and therefore is quite outdated. Third edition already uses UML 2.0 and is much, MUCH better.

In the newer version the author has re-written majority of the book and re-organised the chapters in a much better fashion. Therefore, the second edition does not deserve full five stars, but still is a great book. I bought it because I could get it cheap and it is still a good reference and a guide to understanding the basic principles of OO analysis and design. However I kind of regret going cheap on the purchase and would suggest you go for the latest version, although it's a little more costly. (I read the 3rd edition cover-to-cover and it is in my opinion the best book on the topic).
The author does a great job concisely summarising in an engaging, easy-to-read-follow-and-comprehend style all the relevant parts of UML.
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