UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language, 3rd Edition
- By Martin Fowler
- Published Sep 15, 2003 by Addison-Wesley Professional. Part of the Addison-Wesley Object Technology Series series.
- Copyright 2004
- Dimensions: 7x9-1/4
- Pages: 208
- Edition: 3rd
- ISBN-10: 0-321-19368-7
- ISBN-13: 978-0-321-19368-1
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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.
- 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.
181 of 187 people found the following review helpful
A superb job of distillation,
This review is from: UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language (2nd Edition) (Paperback)If you start your study of the Unified Modeling Language(UML) by going to the definitive references by the three creators, it is quite likely that you will be intimidated. The three books, _The Unified Modeling Language User Guide_, _The Unified Modeling Language Reference Manual_ and _The Unified Software Development Process_, all written by the designers and published by Addison-Wesley, are nearly 1500 pages of rather intense material. Like a veteran horseman, Martin Fowler charges to the rescue.
In a "mere" 174 pages, he takes each of the essential main areas of the UML and presents a brief, yet surprisingly thorough description of what it is and how it is used. While targeted at the UML novice, it is necessary to have a fairly solid background in object-oriented programming in order to understand it. Since the UML is a modeling language based heavily on diagrams, they are used throughout the book and are very effective.
This book will not teach you the... Read more
111 of 113 people found the following review helpful
Excelent book, but not for OO beginners,
By A Customer
This review is from: UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language (2nd Edition) (Paperback)This book is probably best served as a quick tour or "best of" UML for someone already versed in OOAD concepts. It introduces each major topic, establishes clear definitions and examples, and incorporates the author's personal experiences. To this end, it is concise and effective.
However, it is not well suited for people trying to get up to speed with both OO and UML concepts, (which is my situation). I found "Fundamentals of Object-Oriented Design in UML" (Page-Jones) as a much more effective introduction OO and UML.
As I become more educated on the topic, I find myself reaching for Distilled more and more. It's great as a quick reference to clear up concepts.
I think this book is a must-have for any UML user, but should not be your first experience with OOAD.
143 of 148 people found the following review helpful
A great way to get your feet wet!,
This review is from: UML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language (2nd Edition) (Paperback)I was assigned a problem recently in a C++ Advanced course that required me to quickly obtain exposure to the UML. I used Amazon to find this book. On month later I have read four books on the UML and have two more books waiting on my office shelf! I am extremely fascinated by the UML and recommend all software engineers look into its use. I highly recommend Martin Fowler's UML Distilled for engineers who have no previous modeling exposure. It is a fast way to get your feet wet and obtain a high-level overview. After reading this book you might consider the path I forged for myself:
1) UML Distilled by Martin Fowler 2) UML Toolkit by Hans-Erik Eriksson & Magnus Penker (* includes a CD-Rom with Rational Rose 4.0 demo). A great second book! You can also obtain a free UML Modeling tool by TogetherSoft.
3) The Unified Modeling Language User Guide by Booch, RumBaugh and Jacobson. A GREAT book and definite read, however I would not recommend it as your... Read more
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Table of Contents
2. Development Process.
3. Class Diagrams: The Essentials.
4. Sequence Diagrams.
5. Class Diagrams: Advanced Concepts.
6. Object Diagrams.
7. Package Diagrams.
8. Deployment Diagrams.
9. Use Cases.
10. State Machine Diagrams.
11. Activity Diagrams.
12. Communication Diagrams.
13. Composite Structures.
14. Component Diagrams.
16. Interaction Overview Diagrams.
17. Timing Diagrams.
Appendix A Changes between UML Versions.
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