Enterprise Patterns and MDA: Building Better Software with Archetype Patterns and UML (Object Technology Series) Paperback – 22 Dec 2003
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Praise for Enterprise Patterns and MDA
“I’ve never seen a system of business patterns as detailed as this one. The completeness that Arlow and Neustadt provide in these patterns is impressive. The explanations for why the patterns are formed the way they are and how they’re interconnected are incredibly thorough. The patterns presented here have the potential to impact business applications in the same way the ‘Gang of Four’ patterns have impacted general software development.”―Steve Vinoski
Chief Engineer of Product Innovation
“Enterprise Patterns and MDA is a detailed, yet very readable, guide to designing business applications using reusable model components and Model Driven Architecture. It deserves a place on every application designer’s desk.”―Andrew Watson
Vice President and Technical Director
Object Management Group, Inc.
“Design patterns are generally acknowledged as an effective approach to developing robust and highly reusable software. Now that Model Driven Architecture is raising software design to ever-higher levels of abstraction, it is only natural that pattern concepts should find application in advanced modeling techniques. With this book, Arlow and Neustadt have greatly advanced the state of the art of MDA by defining both a theory and a methodology for applying the concept of Archetype Patterns to business software modeling.”―John Poole
Distinguished Software Engineer
Hyperion Solutions Corporation
“The burgeoning field of Model Driven Architecture tools and worldwide support for the Unified Modeling Language are finally being met with high-quality books that explain standard modeling techniques in a way any developer can follow. This book meets an urgent need squarely and clearly, and explains with copious examples a powerful approach to building usable (and reusable!) assets and applications. Every enterprise developer needs this book.”―Richard Mark Soley, Ph.D.
Chairman and CEO
Object Management Group
This book is a practical guide to applying Model Driven Architecture (MDA) and patterns in order to create business applications more easily. It provides you with a proven catalog of archetype patterns: high-value model components that can be easily incorporated into Unified Modeling Language (UML) models. Each archetype pattern allows you to understand and model a specific part of an enterprise system.
Enterprise Patterns and MDA teaches you how to customize any archetype pattern―such as Customer, Product, and Order―to reflect the idiosyncrasies of your own business environment. Because all the patterns work harmoniously together and have clearly documented relationships to each other, you’ll come away with a host of reusable solutions to common problems in business-software design.
This book shows you how using a pattern or a fragment of a pattern can save you months of work and help you avoid costly errors. You’ll also discover how―when used in literate modeling―patterns can solve the difficult challenge of communicating UML models to broad audiences.
The configurable patterns can be used manually to create executable code. However, the authors draw on their extensive experience to show you how to tap the significant power of MDA and UML for maximum automation. Not surprisingly, the patterns included in this book are highly valuable; a blue-chip company recently valued a similar, but less mature, set of patterns at hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Use this practical guide to increase the efficiency of your designs and to create robust business applications that can be applied immediately in a business setting.
About the Author
Jim Arlow has been programming and designing object-oriented software systems since 1990. He has created object models for blue chip companies such as British Airways and M&G. He is a respected OO consultant in Europe and has written and delivered many training courses on object technology and Java. Jim is a regular speaker at conferences such as Object World, and has been an invited speaker at University College London, City University, and the British Computer Society.
Ila Neustadt has worked in IT for British Airways for more than twenty years and has experience of all parts within the IT development life cycle. She worked in the strategy department modeling the architecture process and developing architecture training, and acted as program head for the graduate business analyst program. Ila now coordinates skills development for BAs IT staff.
Top Customer Reviews
The Archetype idea on its own is something that I think is fundamental for taking MDA to the next level for the enterprise context. If applied consistently and with enabling tools I belive it would make software cheaper and easier to integrate. The problem is that we normally don't start fresh and it is actually very difficult to find tools that not only support MDA with Archetype Patterns, but, also take care of integrating the generated PSMs and code with the existing enterprise applications.
But, I digress, the Archetype Patterns idea, the Literate Modeling style used throughout the book and the actual Archetype Patterns are worth the 5 star rating. It improved my models just by being exposed to the excellent content.
Nevertheless, for practical concerns other than that, like applying MDA to the development of a web site, I don't think this is something that would immediately help you, besides, possibly the Archetype Patterns and the Literate Modeling technique could give you some help on the business modeling part, but, not to the actual intricacies of developing with MDA.
I would like to see some of these ideas explored by the open source community to see how they would stand...
Time and money saver.
The patterns in this book are very well thought out, I'd definately recommend this book for people creating business classes of ANY kind (not just MDA) who want to design their business model to be flexible.
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