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UML in a Nutshell (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. September 1998

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  • Taschenbuch: 275 Seiten
  • Verlag: O'Reilly & Associates (1. September 1998)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1565924487
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565924482
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 15,2 x 1,9 x 22,9 cm
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Modeling languages have been used by system developers for decades to specify, visualize, construct, and document systems; rough sketches using stick figures and arrows and scribbled routing conditions go back still further. But the Unified Modeling Language (UML), for the first time in the history of systems engineering, gives practitioners a common language that applies to a multitude of different systems, domains, and methods or processes. It does not guarantee project success, but enables you to communicate solutions in a consistent, standardized, and tool-supported language. All indications suggest that the industry is rushing to the UML. Created by leading software engineering experts Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, and Ivar Jacobson (now of Rational Software Corporation), and accepted as a standard by the Object Management Group (OMG) in 1997, the language has already achieved more success than any previous contenders. With a firm conceptual and pragmatic basis, it is well suited to supporting projects in modern languages like C++ and Java. And standardization lays the groundwork for tools as well as standard methods or processes.

This book presents the UML, including its extension mechanisms and the Object Constraint Language (OCL), in a clear reference format. For those new to the language, a tutorial quickly brings you to the point where you can use the UML. The book is concise and precise, breaking down the information along clean lines and explaining each element of the language. Introductory chapters also convey the purpose of the UML and show its value to projects and as a means for communication. Topics include: The role of the UML in projects The object-oriented paradigm and its relation to the UML Tutorial with realistic examples An integrated approach to UML diagrams Class and Object, Use Case, Sequence, Collaboration, Statechart, Activity, Component, and Deployment Diagrams Extension Mechanisms The Object Constraint Language (OCL)

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Apologies, but not abject ones :-)

I am disappointed that so many people have disliked this book so intensely.

I was not the development editor for the book, but I was the one who signed the book for publication. I did so because I'd been trying to read UML Distilled, and when Sinan's proposal came in, with his bullet-list format, I found it a much quicker way to absorb the buzzword barrage that is the price of entry to UML.

Obviously, other people didn't feel the same way (although I'll note that along with a bunch of terrible reviews, there are a number of very complimentary reviews from people who have had some UML experience, so we didn't completely miss the mark.)

However, if the book doesn't work for many of the people who buy it, it doesn't work! In this case at least, the customer is always right. However, I do want to dispute the idea that the book was just slapped together. It was under development for the better part of a year, and a good chunk of it was written before we even signed a contract for the book. So if the book was a mistake, at least it wasn't a hasty one! :-)

I also want to say that Andy Oram, the developmental editor, had some serious hesitations about the bullet-list format, but I urged him to go ahead with it. I thought it was an interesting experiment in how to come up with an "In a Nutshell" compact reference for such an abstract topic.

As those of you who are In a Nutshell fans know, we've extended the series from books on command-line interfaces (UNIX in a Nutshell, Linux in a Nutshell) and programming languages (Java in a Nutshell, Perl in a Nutshell) to all kinds of other topics.

It hasn't always been easy to map the concept (concentrated reference) onto material that isn't necessarily reference oriented. As you'll see, I tried one of the more difficult topics myself with Windows 95 in a Nutshell and the soon-to-be released Windows 98 in a Nutshell. These books adapt the format to a GUI-based system. I think they are really good books, but people from the Windows world, who find the under-the-hood mindset foreign, may find them a little difficult.

In a similar way, I wonder if some of the issues with this book aren't issues with UML. It's definitely a different way of thinking about software development.

That being said, we clearly haven't established a reference point or a style that makes sense for many readers. We'll have to go back to the drawing board.

Thanks for giving the book a try, and thanks for letting us know that it didn't work for you and why.

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3 von 3 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Peter Komisar am 26. April 2000
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UML is yours for free in a 700+ page specification available as a pdf download from the OMG management group. I was attracted by the fact that what I expected would be a torturous journey could be reduced to the 260 pages by O'Reilly in an inexpensive handbook,"UML in a Nutshell" . I was also curious if the book was being 'thumbs downed' by Amazon customers reviewing the book because of the difficult nature of UML or because of how the topic was being presented in the book. I haved concluded it has been a bit of both.
I took a careful look at the comments of reviewers who have all extensive experience with UML.Most conclude that the text is comprehensive, not a small feat in 260 pages. Of these pros, not one stated the diagrams were inaccurate. (Of the 140 pages I read I found the presentation of the diagrams very instructive). I conclude that the experienced user is so happy to have a comprehensive 'pocket handbook' for UML and is so confortable with the UML syntax that they find the weakness in the writing style of minor consequence.
On the other hand, the mass of technophiles that have various intermediate levels, who always expect a book to present information in a clear fashion hits headlong into what they perceive as serious weaknesses in the writing style. Mix this with a dastardly hard subject matter and you have a recipe for a closed book and bad review.
On reading further into the text I found that the writing style problems occured with varying frequently but were not pervasive throughout the text. Some of the most annoying aspects of the presentation were unfortunately placed right where first impressions would turn many readers off.
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1 von 1 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Booked am 28. Juni 2000
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This book is miserable, but I will probably keep it, simply because of its size and shape (useful like one of those little pocket dictionaries.) The diagrams are nice and the final 1/3 is organized well. The rest is horrid.
I am comfortable with UML and, most importantly, it's application in a process environment to substantial development projects. I seriously doubt the author has ever broken out of the campus viewpoint.
The writing is repetitive and annoying. It is annoying to read this book. Each sentence repeats the prior sentence is a slightly different way that becomes annoying. The book repeats the same information in an annoying manner...sorry, apparently it is contagious. Dont laugh, this paragraph could very EASILY be in the book somewhere.
With writing like this there is no wonder as to why bulleted lists where used. I am willing to bet the book will soon be replaced or overhauled because it does not live up to the O'reilly legacy. Wait for the coherent, excuse me, second edition. For a true idea or reflection of the book's content please read the "about the author" section at the end of the book.
If you are new to UML, look somewhere else. If you know most of the buzzwords, look for an applying book (like Larman's Applying UML and patterns.) If you are tired of lugging around 700+pg spec., the user's guide, and UML distilled then pick up this book for the quick reference value.
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This book was extremely significant to me, and reading it was a very positive experience. However, I cannot take issue with a lot of the comments posted thus far for this book.
I have read Grady Booch's UML User's Guide, the UML Specifications, James Rumbaugh's OMT Book (from 91), and Desmond D'Souza's Catalysis work. Though I have plunged through each work at least twice, there were still some significant missing links, and this book was a great help in filling many of these in (how Use Cases relate to Sequence & Coll. Diagrams; how Use Cases can use signals (Statechart events); and the real difference in Statechart and Activity diagrams).
For those who wanted a quick course in UML, with some well thought-out examples... I can understand their disappointment. It is unfortunate that the online purchasers could not read the author's preface, which states that the reader should have UML experience before diving in. It is a quick reference, not a tutorial, and that difference is huge. I own the Java in a Nutshell book, and I _could not_ learn Java from it... it was useful only after I discovered the basics somewhere else. So I believe O'Reilly stuck to their original Nutshell philosophy, and should not be attacked for not handholding every beginner.
I quite enjoyed the first few chapters, which were a metamodel of terms that underly the entire structure of problem solving... an interesting philisophical discussion worthy of three or four reads (and worthy of its own book)! The UML introduction chapters were far too short to be of use (as anyone who has tried to read or write a comprehensive example in UML will notice). However, the reference chapters on the individual UML elements are written well...
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Having studied the UML for several months on a part-time basis, I am now in possession of several books on the subject, the most recent addition being "UML In A Nutshell" by Sinan Si Alhir. The types of computer book I own could be loosely categorised under the headings of Overview, General Subject Coverage, The Practical Usage Of, Academic and Reference, and I would place "UML In A Nutshell" in the last of these. The books' three sections are: i) an excellent coverage of the meta-issues of development, such as modelling languages, problem solving and the nature of Object Orientation. ii) a concise reference covering the use of the UML. iii) a detailed description of each of the diagramming types in a quick reference format, plus supplementary information on e.g. the Object Constraint Language. Within each section, extensive use of bullet points combined with paragraphs of text and sophisticated diagrams delivers the material in a disciplined manner. Due to the nature of the UML, and the very large amount of detail in the book, it is necessary to expend considerable effort on gaining a full appreciation of the material, effort which will be repaid many times over in correct use of the language. In my view, writing as a commercial software developer, the book is excellent in its stated role - A Desktop Quick Reference. However, those intent on studying the UML must understand that the subject is MUCH more demanding than, say, making basic use of a modern programming language. This is NOT a thousand page, lightweight coverage of the latest commercial development environment, which often demand relatively little skill for basic usage.Lesen Sie weiter... ›
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