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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 3 edition (15 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321193687
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321193681
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Would you like to understand the most important elements of Class diagrams? (See page 35.)
  • Do you want to see the new UML 2.0 interaction frame notation for adding control flow to sequence diagrams (see page 58) and the unofficial notation that many prefer? (See page 60.)
  • Do you want to know what changes have been made to all versions of the UML? (See page 151.)
  • Do you want a quick reference to the most useful parts of the UML notation? (See the inside covers.)
  • Do you want to find out what diagram types were added to the UML 2.0 without wading through the spec? (See page 11.)

More than 300,000 developers have benefited from past editions of UML Distilled. This third edition is the best resource for quick, no-nonsense insights into understanding and using UML 2.0 and prior versions of the UML.

Some readers will want to quickly get up to speed with the UML 2.0 and learn the essentials of the UML. Others will use this book as a handy, quick reference to the most common parts of the UML. The author delivers on both of these promises in a short, concise, and focused presentation.

This book describes all the major UML diagram types, what they're used for, and the basic notation involved in creating and deciphering them. These diagrams include class, sequence, object, package, deployment, use case, state machine, activity, communication, composite structure, component, interaction overview, and timing diagrams. The examples are clear and the explanations cut to the fundamental design logic.

If you are like most developers, you don't have time to keep up with all the new innovations in software engineering. This new edition of Fowler's classic work gets you acquainted with some of the best thinking about efficient object-oriented software design using the UML--in a convenient format that will be essential to anyone who designs software professionally.



About the Author

Martin Fowler is an independent consultant who has applied objects to pressing business problems for more than a decade. He has consulted on systems in fields such as health care, financial trading, and corporate finance. His clients include Chrysler, Citibank, UK National Health Service, Andersen Consulting, and Netscape Communications. In addition, Fowler is a regular speaker on objects, the Unified Modeling Language, and patterns.



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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lipsbury Pinfold on 27 Oct. 2004
Format: Paperback
This was the first readable book I found on UML and it is still my favourite. It has a practical focus, and concentrates on how to make effective use of UML rather than the abstruse features and OO theory.
There is easily enough detail to allow someone new to UML to effictively read, modify and create UML diagrams as well as some helpful hints and reminders on style for the more experienced.
If you want more then see this book as a well annotated bibliography with an introduction to each topic and where you can find the detail when you need it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John E. Davidson on 28 Jan. 2005
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The best introduction to UML there is. It is short, succinct and well written (as all of Martin Fowler's books are) but also comprehensive and comprehensible.
This is a good book for anybody looking to learn about UML: managers, developers, analysts, and architects. Clearly anybody who is going to use UML in anger will need to consult more detailed material but this is an excellent starting point for all.
Highly recommended
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Camilleri on 9 May 2007
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This is NOT the bible of UML, but seriously, unless you use UML strictly in academic circles, this is far more than you'll ever need.

The size is perfect, small enough to carry around with you wherever you go, plus it is comprehensive enough to cover all angles of UML2 that are actually usable, if not a bit more.

Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Small on 2 April 2006
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If you work in industry where diagrams are a means to an end and something you don't spend weeks working on (we're lucky to get a day or two to spend on them) this is the only book you'll ever need. It tells you the basic diagram features (certainly enough to do a few class diagrams at least) which is all you really need. If you do find you need more you can get another book. One tip to note: using the modelling tools (such as Rose) isn't as straighforward as you might expect, so expect to devote some time to this and perhaps get a book/resource to help.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By grd367 on 20 Oct. 2005
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This should be viewed as a technical reference of what UML is, but definitely not as a reference on how to use it. The whole point of UML is to help people in all areas communicate about complex systems but this book misses this point entirely. Many of the example diagrams it contains are so over complicated they end up almost unreadable and end up an object lesson in how NOT to use UML. Sure, buy this book to learn the rules, but look elsewhere for best practices of using UML in earnest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Mcclelland on 9 Oct. 2007
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Most organisations I have come across only use a subset of the UML diagrams. Which makes this the ideal reference guide, as it covers everything in enough depth for you to understand where they all fit in, so you can then focus on the bits that are useful to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Richard C. Parris on 6 Nov. 2009
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If you are a Business Analyst or Systems Analyst, then all you are likely to need to know is in this book. It is readable, understandable and comprehensive. It's a must for your bookshelf, but don't leave it there - it's practical and usable in the field.
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By AfterTheEvent on 14 Feb. 2009
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UML is a bit of a bandwagon, however, I found this book useful at university. Sequence diagrams turn up in test-specs and standard docs, so I guess you need an overview of UML.

There's enough detail in this book to satisfy most students, developers and test engineers and a lot of stuff you'll never see outside of it's covers.
System Architects (those who are UML believers), may require more detail.
On the other hand, in a diagram more detail, means less useful.
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