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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Kaufmann Publishers Inc. (1 Oct. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558604650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558604650
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,240,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...(an) exceptionally balanced and informative text." --Rich Dragan

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Mark Watson is an independent software developer with extensive software engineering experience. He has worked at Angel Studios as a game programmer for Nintendo and Windows 95 games, with SAIC on the development of tools for expert systems, and on natural language processing and neural network systems. He is the developer of a real-time distributed expert system used by regional telephone systems to detect fraud, and is the author of eight books.

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By A Customer on 18 Mar. 1999
Format: Paperback
My rating is based on the comparison of the book's title to its content. I was expecting an advanced book on the UML for the seasoned developer based on the title.
What I got was a beginner's introduction to OO develelopment. In fact, the authors state on page 293 in the Afterword:
We've tried to keep this book simple. [...] If this book helps you get a feel for OO development and makes it possible for you to generate diagrams [...], we've done what we set out to do.
Don't be tricked me into purchasing the book by the misleading title. UML is discussed, but not in depth. If you're new to OO development, this book may be a good introduction. It also gives a fairly good introduction to the UML.
But a better book for just an introduction to UML is:
UML Distilled: applying the standard object modeling language by Martin Fowler with Kendall Scott
And for a more in-depth book, I liked:
The Unified Modeling Language User Guide by the three amigos
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By A Customer on 5 Feb. 1998
Format: Paperback
Although I was able to get a reasonable understanding of UML notation and how/when to use certain UML diagram types, the book was quite a dissappointment overall.
The authors spend way too much time on analysis methods that (admittedly) have no representative UML diagrams. Although they state clearly that UML is purely notational and does not imply/condone any particular methodology, they proceed to introduce a "generic" methodology of their own, and spend most of the book explaining it and using it to develop a simple "application".
Without doubt the most dissappointing thing about this book (to me) is the joke of an application developed by the authors. For a book subtitled "The Developer's Guide, with a Web-based application in Java", I actually laughed out loud a few times at example source code.
Sorry, guys, this book could've and should've been much, much better.
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Our application-development shop has used Structured Analysis/Structured Design and Rapid Application Development methodologies, and we've recently started using UML to develop our applications. I highly recommend this book as an ideal introductory book for managers and developers new to object technology. It puts all the various elements in perspective in a clearly written way, and it has a valuable JAVA example and a bibliography for more detailed reading on each topic. (I would suggest that a more accurate title would be "Understanding Object Technology and UML: an overview for managers and developers: with...")
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By A Customer on 27 Mar. 1998
Format: Paperback
While I'm sure the authors knew exactly what they were talking about, they did a truly poor effort of communicating the subject to the audience. Case in point: they spend the first 5 or so chapters mostly talking about what they will cover later on in the book or how a different topic (like Java) pertains to UML - and they'll talk more about it later. Few diagrams or examples were available, and those present aren't explained terribly well.
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By A Customer on 24 Aug. 1999
Format: Paperback
Wow, this book is not the first to do this, but it surely lays claim to "title crime". It is an intro book at best and not a great one at that. The application is a joke.
I agree with the previous reviewer. A better UML intro is UML distilled. For more advanced and exploratory work check out the Larman UML book and the Coad UML color book.
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