- Series: In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)
- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 2nd edition (June 30, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596007957
- ISBN-13: 978-0596007959
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #782,453 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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UML 2.0 in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) 2nd Edition
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"A really good short summary of UML 2.0" - Mike James, VSJ, September 2005 "...is a very complete and precise reference to the latest UML standard. The book is a refreshingly lightweight, weighing in at just over 200 pages. That's not to say it's simply a yellow-pages style reference, because it does contain a wealth of information and explanations of everything it discusses. If you're a modeller or designer already using UML, I strongly recommend that you take a look at this book. Skimming it from cover to cover will give you a good overview of the new standard, and it will provide an invaluable desktop reference." - Mark Jones, news@UK, March 2006
About the Author
Dan Pilone is a Software Architect with SFA, Inc., cofounder and president of Zizworks, Inc. and a terrible rock climber. He has designed and implemented systems for Hughes, ARINC, UPS, and the Naval Research Laboratory. When not writing for O'Reilly, he teaches Software Design and Software Engineering at The Catholic University in Washington DC. Originally writing in C and C++, he has moved into the blissful world of managed code with Java and C#. He has had several articles published by Intelligent Enterprise and Java Developer's Journal on software process, consulting in the software industry, and 3D graphics in Java.
Neil Pitman is Chief Technical Officer of Mahjong Mania, co-developer of LamMDA from Mindset Corporation, and formerly Vice President of Research and Development at Codagen Technologies. Neil has twenty years of experience in software development ranging from medical systems to Smalltalk development platforms, gaming software to code generation. When he does real work, it's in J2EE and XSLT as well as UML. Look for him at http://www.architecturerules.com.
Top customer reviews
There are a lot of horizontal and vertical lines in the images and because of very bad image scaling into "bitmap" format a lot of these lines are just not there... And to make things even worse position of the images is often a few pages ("ebook pages") away from the text that is describing them. Diagrams where you can see only 50 % of the details or diagrams where you have to jump a few pages forward and backward just ruins the "user experience"...
If someone from the publisher actually read the ebook they prepared (and actually cared what they are selling) I am sure they would have fixed it.
My suggestion to O'Reilly is to recreate the images in some kind of vector format and to place all of the images close to the text where it is described.
Of course it is possible that the problem with bad resolution of the images is caused by Android Kindle app on a 720p screen.
I'm a software engineer, so I've been exposed to UML fairly regularly, but it doesn't require a highly technical background and could be used as a good supplement to an undergrad course. It's not "the <insert topic> bible," but that's not why you get O'Reilly books. You get them to give you that extra nudge on something you don't need to write a doctoral thesis over without a lot of resources. If you go in understanding that, you'll be happy with that (or most O'Reilly purchases).
I am very pleased with the book, it is well written, and clear in its subject introduction and explanation of UML's symbols usage.
Being a thinner book makes it possible to have the information at hand when I need to carry my references back and forth from office and home.
I would like to thank the prior reviewers - who had received a copy from the publisher, for posting their reviews. The publisher was confident that they had fixed the problems with the earilier book, and I would agree that they have a very good product now.
The publisher deserves some congratulations on this approach. Good job!
I really want to read this book, I read the reviews for the paperback edition and it looks like what I want. I'm in New Zealand and it costs a fortune to ship books here, so Kindle is normally the best way to go. This book, however is unreadable because the diagrams (and in UML it's all diagrams) are so poorly scanned.
How did this book get through quality control?
Will be happy to re-review if it gets fixed.
Otherwise, reasonable REFERENCE book. Don't buy this book if you are not familiar with UML already