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Need-to-know information on the industry standard Unified Modeling Language for non-techies, all wrapped up in an easy-to-read introduction.

° At last, a UML book for the rest of us who want to get up-to-speed without getting bogged down in the technical specifics

° Covers the most used portions of the notation (Use Case, Activity, Class, Sequence Diagrams, and Deployment Diagrams) as well as how to bridge from 1.x to 2.0

° An approachable, common sense way to get familiar with UML based on the authors' real world experiences


  • Copyright 2005
  • Edition: 1st
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  • ISBN-10: 0-321-24624-1
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-321-24624-0

"There are many books that shine light on the darkest corners of the UML, but Eric and Bob present just the essentials needed to make you effective in modeling all the important aspects of a software-intensive system."

—Grady Booch

"Bob and Eric have managed to capture key system and software design techniques in a style that is refreshingly straightforward to understand and apply, and to distill their ideas and insight from more than a decade of practical use of UML into a book that will increase your appreciation for UML and make you more effective."

—Dr. Alan W. Brown, Distinguished Engineer, IBM Rational

"A practical introduction to designing real-world business systems using UML, explained from first principles. A great book for anyone who wants to start learning the industry's standard modeling language."

—Andrew Watson, Vice President and Technical Director, Object Management Group

Need to get results with UML...without unnecessary complexity or mind-numbing jargon? You need UML for Mere Mortals®. This easy-to-read introduction is perfect for technical professionals and business stakeholders alike: anyone who needs to create, understand, or review UML models, without becoming a hard-core modeler.

There's nothing theoretical about this book. It explains UML in the context of your real-world challenges. It's organized around the activities you'll need to perform. It focuses on the UML elements you'll find most useful. And it offers specific answers for the problems you're most likely to face.

Drawing on extensive experience, the authors offer pragmatic explanations and guidance on core techniques ranging from use cases to component diagrams, architectural patterns to application and database modeling. You'll find practical coverage for using UML to support testing, as well as discussion of UML 2.0 and its implications.

Whether you're a manager, programmer, architect, database designer, or documentation specialist, UML for Mere Mortals is the handy resource you need to help you achieve your goals with UML...simply, quickly, painlessly.

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Table of Contents



    What Can You Expect from This Book?


    Who Should Read This Book? Read This Section!

    How to Read This Book.

      UML Versions.

      Advanced Topics.



1. Introduction to the UML.

    What Is the Unified Modeling Language (UML)?

      Where Did the UML Come From?

      Is the UML Proprietary?

      Is the UML Only for Object-Oriented Development?

      Is the UML a Methodology?

      What Is Happening Now with the UML?

    What Is a Model?

      Why Should I Build Models?

      Why Should I Model with the UML?

      What Can I Model with the UML?

      Who Should Build Models?

    What Is a Diagram?

      What Diagrams Are in the UML?

      What Is the Difference Between Diagrams and Models?



    Review Questions.

2. Business Models.

    What Are Business Models?

    Why Should I Model My Business?

    Should I Model My Entire Business?

    How Can the UML Help Me Improve My Business?

    How Do I Model My Business Using the UML?

    Business Use Case Model.

      Business Use Case Diagrams.

      Activity Diagrams.

    Business Analysis Model.

      Sequence Diagrams.

    Topics to Consider.



    Review Questions.

3. Requirements Modeling.

    What Are Requirements?

    Why Bother with Requirements?

    What Types of Requirements Are There?

    How Can the UML Model Requirements?

      Review of Use Case Basics.

      More on Use Cases.

      Review of Sequence Diagram Basics.

      More on Sequence Diagrams.

    Topics to Consider.



    Review Questions.

4. Architectural Modeling.


    What Is Architecture?

    Why Model Architecture?

      Enterprise Architecture.

      System Architecture.

      Software Architecture.

    Logical Architecture.

      Class Diagrams.

      Systems and Subsystems.

    Physical Architecture.


      Component Diagrams.

      Deployment Diagrams.


    Architectural Patterns.

    What Is Model Driven Architecture?

    Topics to Consider.



    Review Questions.

5. Application Modeling.

    Why Should I Model My Applications?

      Our Second Response.

      Behind the Question.

    Should I Model My Entire Application?

    What About Programming Languages?

    How Deeply Should I Model My Applications?

    How Can the UML Model Applications?

      Review of Class Diagram Basics.

      More on Class Diagrams.

      More on Sequence Diagrams.

    Topics to Consider.



    Review Questions.

6. Database Modeling.

    UML for Database Design?

      The Fallacy About Notations.

    How Can I Leverage UML Models Created by Others?

      Use Case Models.

      Activity Models.

      Class Models.

    What Types of Database Models Can Be Created Using the UML?

      Conceptual Models.

      Logical Models.

      Physical Modelings.

    Topics to Consider.



    Review Questions.

7. Testing.

    How Can the UML Help Me in Testing?

    How Can I Use the Business Use Case Models?

      System, Integration, and Subsystem Testing.

    How Can I Use the Business Analysis Models?

      Integration and Subsystem Testing.

    How Can I Use the Analysis and Design Models?

      Unit, Class, and Algorithmic Testing.

    What About Other Types of Testing?

      Performance and Regression Testing.

    Topics to Consider.



    Review Questions.

8. Is That All There Is?


    Other UML Diagrams.

      Statechart Diagrams.

      Collaboration Diagrams.

      Object Diagrams.

    More on UML 2.0.

      Changes to Collaboration Diagrams.

      Change to Activity Diagrams.

      Changes to Sequence Diagrams.

      Changes to Component Diagrams.

      Changes to Class Diagrams.

    Topics to Consider.



    Review Questions.

9. How Do I Get Started Using the UML?


    Good Beginnings.

      The Elephant.

      Use Cases and Risk Management.


    Growing Your Own.

      The Training Trap.



    Working Together.

      Modeling Teams.

      The War Room.

    Topics to Consider.



    Review Questions.

10. Where Can I Learn More?



    Object-Oriented Analysis and Design.


    Enterprise Architectures and Frameworks.

APPENDIX A. Glossary.

APPENDIX B. Answers to Review Questions.

    Chapter 1. Introduction to the UML.

    Chapter 2. Business Models.

    Chapter 3. Requirements Modeling.

    Chapter 4. Architectural Modeling.

    Chapter 5. Application Modeling.

    Chapter 6. Database Modeling.

    Chapter 7. Testing.

    Chapter 8. Is That All There Is?

    Chapter 9. How Do I Get Started Using the UML?

APPENDIX C. UML Diagrams and Elements.

    Globally Used Elements.

    Use Case Diagram.

    Activity Diagram.

    Sequence Diagram.

    Collaboration (UML 1.x) or Communication (UML 2.0) Diagram.

    Class Diagram.

    Component Diagram.

    Deployment Diagram.

    Statechart Diagram.

    Timing Diagram.



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