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Java Modeling In Color With UML: Enterprise Components and Process Textbook Binding – June 15, 1999
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Java Modeling in Color with UML--printed in color--provides four UML "archetypes" for common entities in business modeling. These have rather abstract names like the moment-interval. Each archetype is assigned a different color in UML. The book uses these four archetypes to model 61 domain-specific business components for manufacturing (including suppliers and inventory control), facilities management, sales, employees, and organizations, plus accounting and document management.
Similar in spirit to software-design patterns, these UML components are catalogued with short prose descriptions and illustrated with UML. The detail here is often impressive, though the type is necessarily small. (Fortunately, the CD-ROM contains all these diagrams--including Java source code--for use within your own designs.) The authors--all experts in UML--have done the heavy lifting here. The idea is to incorporate these components within your own projects.
Besides a catalog of expert components, this book describes the authors' Feature-Driven Development (FDD) software-design process. (While there is one UML standard, design processes still proliferate.) FDD touts good productivity with a minimum of overhead. The authors argue that it can be used productively within today's ever-shorter business cycles.
In all, this book features much more than just color-enhanced UML. It provides a foundation of UML (and Java classes on the CD-ROM) that can model most business problems. If you design with UML, you can surely benefit from this intelligent and visually savvy text. --Richard Dragan
"I went for a job interview. The interviewer asked me to model a payroll system and gave me an hour to work it out while he observed. So I built a model using pink moment-intervals, yellow roles, green things, and blue descriptions-classes, attributes, links, methods, interactions. After 25 minutes the interviewer stopped me, saying I had already gone well beyond what others struggle to do in a full hour! So my recommendation is: read this book! It's made a better modeler out of me and I'm sure it will do the same for you." -- David Anderson, Modeler and Designer
"This book brings a new dimension to the effective use of the UML, by showing you how to apply archetypes in color to enrich the content of your models." -- Grady Booch, Chief Scientist, Rational Software Corporation
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This book is at least 3 books in one. If you are a serious modeler or process person, you must have this book. If you are one of the many who just get by in computing, you'll not understand it and write a very negative review.
Overall, there is very little about the use of colour. The book deals primarily with attempting to apply the author's preferred pattern to a limited number of scenarios. Examples are obscure and explanations non-existant. The models are presented as a fait-accompli. This misses the point that if the users were familiar with the way the models were created then they wouldn't need the book!
This books presents a modeling method applied to common business subsystems. The method is sound and works. The modeling effort in the examples doesn't go all the way but it's relatively easy to complete most of the models covered.
I used this book to "reengineer" a development team in OOA/OOD and Java, and it worked perfectly. I recommend this book to everyone looking for examples and directions on how to model in Java.
Consider industry thinking on Business Object Component Architecture. Consider IBM's SanFrancisco project with 4 BOCs completed. This book gives us 12! (My copy accordingly has 12 colorful sticky tags.) If someone has seen a more intuitive, comprehesive set of components, please let me know.
As Dragan's review says, these guys have done the "heavy lifting." Building on this book's BOCA even the poorest programmers will end with superior software.
And anyone who doesn't sense the far reaching implications, as Booch implies, of the colors and the "domain neutral component" either doesn't have the ability to do abstract thinking or just isn't paying attention. I didn't believe it until I added color to my own UML diagram.
This is unfortunate, because the subject of utilizing fundamental archetypes combined with color coding is an important one. I also agree with another reviewer about the suspicious nature of a reader's 5 star review that is posted on Amazon also appearing on the cover of the book. One more indication of the amateurish nature of this publication.
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