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UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language (Object Technology Series) Paperback – 15 Sep 2003
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From the Back Cover
- 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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