UML: A Beginner's Guide

Author: Jason T. Roff
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ISBN: 0072224606
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media (19 December, 2002)
Edition: Paperback
Sales Rank: 48,596
Average Customer Rating: 4.42 out of 5

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Rating: 4 out of 5
Good Book to learn basic UML
I find this book an excellent hands-on tutorial to understand, read, draw, and use UML effectively. It has come just at the right time for me as I seek to develop my career as a Business Analyst. The effectiveness of system diagrams in analysis and design of a system is beyond any doubt. This book has helped me to understand the logic behind these diagrams and how to apply these in a system life cycle. I also like the progressive approach of the author.

This book explains in detail how to read, draw, and use this visual modeling language to create clear and effective design for software development projects. It also teaches object-oriented concepts and how they relate to software design and analysis. It also covers Object Constraint Language (OCL), which allows users to refine their UML diagrams. Although my quest is to apply UML techniques in web-based application, a topic not covered by this book, but since I am a novice so I was looking for a book that can help me understand the basics and this book has done just that.

Rating: 2 out of 5
Missleading information
Sure, this book looks good at first glance. Unfortunately, there is a lot of missleading or wrong information. For instance, in use case diagrams, the extension points are shown in the extendet use case, not the basic use case. The close relationship between sequential diagrams and collaboration diagrams is not explained. Also, the relationsship between operations in class diagrams and messages is not covered.
I got the impression, the author of this book has never partitipated in the development of object-oriented software. If you like to learn UML but not object-oriented programming this might be the book for you. Otherwise, you are better of for instance with Martin Fowler's UML Distilled.

Rating: 4 out of 5
Generally pretty good but more examples needed
I had to purchase this book for my TAFE course and don't have much to compare it to except Schaum's book, which was a lot more daunting and as a consequence not used very much. I thought the author generally did a good job of explaining the concepts. My main gripes are:

1 Each type of diagram had just one sample problem and solution. It would have been good to have more, especially for me since the teachers of our course didn't provide us with any homework on UML diagrams, despite it being a big part of the subject. Practicing the diagrams and then looking at a solution to see where I went wrong is a good way to learn and one example isn't enough.

2 To illustrate sequence diagrams the author used the process of compiling a file, which is something I don't really understand - despite being a computer student. Something simpler would have been a better way to illustrate the concept of sequence diagrams eg the process of mailing a letter.

Overall I think it was a good book and I must admit diagrams have never been my strong point, and UML was not very well taught in my course.

The main problem was not enough practice exercises (with answers). If this had been the case it would not have mattered if I could not relate to some of the examples, such as the process of compiling a file.

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