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The Complete UML Training Course Paperback – May 16, 2000

ISBN-13: 007-6092006978 ISBN-10: 0130870145 Edition: Pck

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Product Details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall PTR; Pck edition (May 16, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130870145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130870148
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 1.3 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 1.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,594,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

  • Watch, listen, and learn as Grady Booch carefully describes key UML concepts with over 200 dynamic animated figures.
  • Cyber Classroom includes a fully-searchable electronic version of the classic The Unified Modeling Language User Guide, the full text of the UML specification documents, PLUS a UML dictionary with over 600 hyperlinked terms!!
  • Also includes a Video Introduction to the UML by Grady Booch, over 300 practice questions to test your knowledge, hyperlinking, full-text searching, and more!

BONUS: Second CD-ROM includes fully searchable electronic version of The Unified Modeling Language Reference Manual.

The world's most authoritative UML training CD-ROM!

Now you can learn UML from the original designers: Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, and Ivar Jacobson! This training course includes the UML Multimedia Cyber Classroom CD-ROM, plus Rumbaugh/Jacobson/Booch's masterful The Unified Modeling Language Reference Manual.

UML Multimedia Cyber Classroom CD-ROM

  • Over 300 practice questions to test your knowledge!
  • 200+ multimedia UML diagrams animate every key UML concept.
  • Expert insight straight from the original designers of UML! The world's best techniques for designing robust, enterprise-class applications!
  • Find it fast! CD-ROM includes fully-searchable copy of The Unified Modeling Language User Guide

100% COMPREHENSIVE, 100% AUTHORITATIVE!

The Complete UML Training Course covers everything you need to know to become an expert UML modeler, including concepts, syntax, modeling techniques, and more:

  • Modeling: Fundamental principles and rationale
  • UML: Overview, conceptual model, architecture & development lifecycle
  • Classes: Basic & Advanced
  • Relationships: Basic & Advanced
  • Common Mechanisms
  • Diagrams, Class Diagrams, and Object Diagrams
  • Interfaces, Types, & Roles
  • Packages & Instances
  • Interactions & Interaction Diagrams
  • Use Cases & Use Case Diagrams
  • Activity Diagrams
  • Events & Signals
  • State Machines
  • Processes & Threads
  • Time & Space
  • Statechart Diagrams
  • Architectural Modeling: Components, Deployment & Collaborations
  • Patterns & Frameworks
  • Systems & Models
  • Hundreds of terms and concepts defined in detail—by the object-oriented modeling experts who created them
  • Large collection of 2-color UML diagrams, extensively annotated
  • Expert insight into UML views designed to help you integrate UML's key constructs into a unified whole
  • Detailed reference guides to the UML metamodel, notation, and standard extensions

Learn modeling hands on—then apply it to a series of increasingly complex, real-world problems! And your instructor is none other than Grady Booch, chief scientist at Rational Software Corporation and one of the original designers of the UML.

Technical requirements:
Windows 95/98, Windows NT 4.x, Windows 2000
Internet Explorer (Included)
20 MB disk space
32 MB RAM
CD-ROM drive
Sound card support

About the Author

Grady Booch, James Rumbaugh, and Ivar Jacobson are the inventors of UML. All three are employed by Rational Software Corporation.

Customer Reviews

This is NOT a training course.
Luke S. Daniels
The descriptions are either simplistic and repetitive, or too short when complex diagrams are presented.
Stefan Jetchick
I have only gone through 8 of the 32 exams and have already found at least 10 errors.
brw

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Stefan Jetchick on July 24, 2000
Abstract: The "Complete UML Course" is just two books (the "UML User's Guide" and the "UML Reference Manual"), along with voice annotations of the diagrams in the first book, and a few other rather buggy features. There is little in the way of a video course, never mind an "interactive cyber-classroom".
Voice annotations: Each one of the two hundred annotations must be started manually, and the little window that is popped must be closed again after the sound bite is finished. The voice just describes the diagrams in the book (often laboriously starting out "Figure two dash twenty-seven...", etc.). The descriptions are either simplistic and repetitive, or too short when complex diagrams are presented. Several of them have mistakes (like calling a "transition" a "transaction", etc).
Contents: Of course the contents are good: it is just an online version of two good books. But online books are called just that, not "interactive cyber-classrooms" (Unless you've just completed a course in the "Unified MARKETING Language"! :-)
Exams: The "Assessment" section contains many major mistakes. It will flag about 5-15% of the answers as incorrect, then refer you to a chapter in the book which shows they are wrong! (e.g. "What are the Building Blocks of the UML", or saying that stereotypes can have their own "stereotypes" instead of "icons", etc.). Other bugs include the "Classes" exam that refuses to display (so you get 0% for that exam!), missing or swapped diagrams, etc.
Conclusion: Buy the paper copies of the books, study them the good old-fashioned way, and save your money.
Cheers! Stefan Jetchick Software Engineer stefanj@sympatico.ca
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Luis Arriaga Cunha on October 5, 2000
The pompously called "cyber classroom" is just the basic books on UML by the same authors in hypertext format with some tests at the end of each chapter. The voice describing some of the figures doesn't add anything to their understanding and is utterly boring. As a livelier way to get into UML, this Training Course is a failure; unfortunately this is an example of how an interactive "cyber course" should not be done. My advice is - buy the books, read them at your own pace, keeping in mind that however precise they are also terse and totally non-pedagogical (ok, they are User's and Reference Manuals...). And let's hope that a true training course on UML will show up one of these days.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Pane on August 17, 2002
This product is basically a chapter by chapter monotone narration of the UML user guide that it is based on. It advertises a multimedia experience, when in reality it is a bunch of poorly written HTML pages with some animated slides. The animated slides consist of regurgitation, almost to the letter, of the text surrounding the slides you would have already read before hitting the play button to run the slide.
The practice tests were frustrating to say the least. They were riddled with: incorrect answers to questions, bugs (The wrong diagrams come up in some cases), annoying navigation and poor design. Probobly the worst design flaw was with its handling of incorrect answer feedback. When you got an incorrect answer, it was not specific as to why it was incorrect. It just linked you to the chapter where the topic is discussed. It is ironic that a class that is supposed to teach a tool for doing proper design/requirements gathering/use case creation etc. is so poorly designed from a user experience perspective. This looks like it was put together by a college student for a class.
Another flaw in this package is the fact that my virus protection software (Norton Anti Virus 2002) finds a virus every time I try to take the course (Called win95.corrupt). After closer examination of the contents in the box, there is a flyer stating that they are aware of this issue, and not to worry about it, there is no virus. They hint that there was once a virus, but they removed it. I guess its signature is still in the product but it is dormant. I have been purchasing software for 14 years and never have I seen a product present itself this way. Of the hundreds of software packages I have purchased in my career, never have I seen one with these symptoms.
So my final recommendation is to stay away from this course. It is boring, poorly written and a complete waste of money!!
I returned this product for a full refund.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2001
Some of the concepts in UML are vague to say the least and I looked forward to an easy ramp up of my understanding by whom better than the author(s) themselves. I'm unsure why this failed to happen - either the authors do not wish to impart their deep knowledge of their language to the wider community, they don't possess the language skills to do this or worst of all behind UML the authors are far from unified and still arguing or are unsure about the semantics of their own language. There is nothing in this book you can not get a better handle on from free tutorials and papers on the net.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "heyjude1111" on August 28, 2001
This is a horrible example of a training course. I have no IDEA why IBM recommended it for the 486 test. Unless you prefer reading info online, the CD is useless. The quizzes at the end of the chapters are subpar. You only can hit a button to see the answer after you answer every question. If you get the answer wrong it just directs you to the section of the reading - there is no explanation. You cannot go back to a previous question. The movies are just someone reading the text with a picture of the diagrams already included in the text. Dont waste your time. Get the Craig Larman or Martin Fowler books instead.
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