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A Realistic Approach
on 25 November 1997
In UML Distilled, Martin Fowler and Kendall Scott manage what many others have failed to do: present a concise, eminently readable summary of the notation of Object Modeling. This is a relatively short and easily digestable tome. In it, Fowler & Scott walk through the basic notation styles of UML, and give you a good sense of when and where they can be usefully applied.
One of the things that I appreciate about this little gem is that is does not pretend to be more than it is. The Principal author speaks from his experience, states his opinions and provides a solid set of references for more in depth reading. He never claims to have all the answers or even that there is one set of right answers. Given the frequently dogmatic tone of modeling discussions, it was a refreshing change.
This is a quick read (only a couple of hours) yet the material is presented in such a way as to allow it to be easily used as a reference. This book is an excellent example of the 80/20 rule: you will learn 80% of what you need to know in about 20% of the time.