Book Review
The Elements of UML Style

Summary

The guidelines presented in the classic book 'Elements of Style' from Strunk and White have helped many authors refine their work; this is what Scott W. Ambler presents for modelers with his 'Elements of UML 2.0 Style'.
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Author:Scott W. Ambler
ISBN:0521616786
Language:english
Page Count:200 pages
Publication Date:05/2005
Covered UML Versions:2.0

Subjects:  UML

About the Author

Scott W. Ambler is a senior consultant of Ronin International, Inc., a software services consulting firm that specializes in software process improvement, mentoring, and training. He is also founder and thought leader of the Agile Modeling (AM) methodology and the Enterprise Unified Process (EUP). He is a popular international speaker, a regular columnist for Software Development magazine, and the award-winning author of several books, including The Object Primer 3/e, Agile Modeling, and Agile Database Techniques.

Rating

FocusApplying UML
Theoretical Foundation
AudienceDeveloper
Manager
PrerequisitesUML Modeling
Programming
KindTutorial
Reference
Possibilities to searchGlossary
Index
not suited at all, very little content, doesn't apply
  very well suited, right on the spot

Review

The guidelines presented in the classic book 'Elements of Style' from Strunk and White have helped many authors refine their work; this is what Scott W. Ambler presents for modelers with his 'Elements of UML 2.0 Style'.

This book is not tutorial by any means and does not attempt to explain the concepts of UML. Beginners will find many good pointers, but it is the middle-level to advanced users that will gain the most from the conventions outlined. As with any language, there are acceptable ways to make yourself understood and then there are extremely clear and concise ways to make your point. This book will help you move to the next level in communication with UML.

The book begins with good practices for diagramming in general, then common elements such as stereotypes and interfaces, and finally presents each diagram type as a separate chapter.

About the Author
Scott W. Ambler is a senior consultant of Ronin International, Inc., a software services consulting firm that specializes in software process improvement, mentoring, and training. He is also founder and thought leader of the Agile Modeling (AM) methodology and the Enterprise Unified Process (EUP). He is a popular international speaker, a regular columnist for Software Development magazine, and the award-winning author of several books, including The Object Primer 3/e, Agile Modeling, and Agile Database Techniques.

Elizabeth Graham, Technical Editor, Gentleware AG, 07/2006

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