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UML 2 for Dummies

   by Michael Jesse Chonoles / James A. Schardt

    For Dummies
    02 July, 2003


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Editorial description(s):

Book Info
Guide written in plain English on building complex architectures with UML 2. Shows how to adjust to the UML 2 standard, extract key information from UML models, and more. Softcover.

From the Back Cover
Get up to speed on object-oriented modeling

Build complex architectures with UML 2, follow best practices, and express yourself

When it comes to modeling, this book is not just another pretty face! It guides you gently through the complexities of UML, helps you adjust to the UML 2 standard, shows you how to extract key information from UML models, and more. Before you know it, you';ll be communicating and developing systems like never before.

The Dummies Way

About the Author
Michael Jesse Chonoles ia an established system developer, educator, author, and consultant. Michael has done just about everything that you can do in software and system development—business, requirements, and software analysis; software, system, and architectural design; coding in many languages; testing and quality control—right through marketing, packing, and shrinkwrapping the software. He is former Chief of Methodology at the Advanced Concepts Center (ACC) and has an MSE in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and BSs in Math and Physics from MIT. 

James A. Schardt is Advanced Concepts Center’s Chief Technologist. He provides 24 years of experience and a firm grounding in object oriented development, data warehousing, and distributed systems. He teaches and mentors Fortune 50 companies in the U.S. and abroad. His many years of practice in object-oriented systems, database design, change management, business engineering, instructional design, and team facilitation bring a wealth of experience to his assignments. 

Book Description

Reader review(s):

UML for Dummies?, June 6, 2004
Title is a bit offputting and initially I was reluctant to purchase this book because of that. Its not a bad book but its got nowhere as much detail as the UML 2 Bible. It does contain more useful content than UML Distilled 3rd Edition and Fast Track UML 2.0 though.
Postscript: Having spent more time with this book, I have to change my original opinion and rating. This is actually a rather good book and it is considerably better than several other rather superficial UML 2 books (UML 2.0 Fast Track and UML Distilled 3rd Edition) that are available. If you can get past the "for Dummies" title and buy this book you will not be disappointed. Don't waste your money on UML 2.0 Fast Track, UML Distilled 3rd Edition, UML 2 Toolkit and Teach Yourself UML 2 in 24 hours like I did, just get UML 2 for Dummies and then UML 2 Bible and you'll have everything you need to get a good grip on UML 2.0.

A Handy Reference, December 29, 2003
As a system developer using UML for the first time, this book has been a great introduction to the techniques of analysis using UML 2, as well as a handy reference to pick up when I have a particular question about a diagram. Recommended!

Not Just "For Dummies", May 23, 2004
My impression of most "For Dummies" books has been that, while offering excellent introduction to a given subject, their lack of depth almost always leads to a follow-up purchase on the subject. That is NOT the case here: "UML 2 For Dummies" was an excellent tutorial for a UML novice like myself, and has continued to be a valuable reference as the software team I work with further incorporates UML into our development process.

UML 2 For Dummies, December 10, 2003
"UML 2 for Dummies" is an excellent source for both students and users of UML. I was looking for a good tutorial on how UML 2 might affect systems engineering documents and found it here. Having completed the book, the reader should expect to be able to recognize and understand UML 2 diagrams and to comprehend the role of the various diagram types in the engineering process. The reader will also be able to prepare UML 2 diagrams to implement his own designs using the book as a reference. If your project is moving toward UML and object-oriented techniques or, if you just want to understand what system engineers and software designers are doing these days, this book is a good investment of your time.

One of the better UML introductory texts, August 10, 2004
I've attempted to wade through many, many UML texts. Most have two things in common - they overwhelm you with terminology and/or they generally bore you to tears. Chonoles and Schardt's book was a pleasant surprise. They do a great job of simplifying concepts and diagramming techniques. And best of all, they don't weigh you down with terminology prematurely. They introduce buzzwords and phrases as they're needed in the text.

As for the downside, the only thing I can really complain about is the use of examples in the text. They beat on the same example(s) over and over (I feel like I know everything there is to know about air filters). Repetitive examples like that create a bit of a monotonous tone. But they do in fact get their point across, so it's ok I suppose.

For folks looking for a definitive reference to UML 2, this is not the book. It's an introductory book only. But it's a GREAT introductory book. A true gem for UML neophytes.

A nicely written book, July 2, 2004
This book is certainly a good investment. The depth and detail of the book are good to clear and understand the concepts. This helps in lot in the preparation and also in the learning and knowledge.

A nicely written book.

What to read next, November 4, 2003
After reading this good introductory book, I recommend you (naturally!) to read "UML 2 Illustrated", by Laurent Doldi, Oct. 2003, focussed on Real-Time or embedded systems, where you will find a detailed case study showing you how to use UML 2 to model a communications protocol layer, how to validate it by simulation and how to generate 100% code for Win32 or VxWorks.

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