Book Review
UML Weekend Crash Course


A highly structured tutorial intended to be completed over the course of a weekend.
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Author:Thomas A. Pender
Page Count:400 pages
Publication Date:04/2002
Covered UML Versions:1.x

Subjects:  UML

About the Author

Thomas A. Pender is the author of six courses on UML. He has taught throughout the United States and in 12 other countries and has over 20 years of systems development experience in various industries. Tom has spent the past four years providing teaching and consulting services to companies that are transitioning to object-oriented technologies.


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


Meant to be read over a single weekend, this book divides 30 lessons into 6 sessions with a recommended timetable for each. A countdown timer helps you gauge your speed and keep you on track to complete the sessions in one weekend. Some readers, including this reviewer, may find that dedicating a single weekend to this book is not possible. The short sessions lend themselves to reorganization, so that three or four might be attempted in a day, spreading the course over a week or two.

This book is most certainly aimed at UML beginners and those who may not even know much about object-orientation. In fact, the third session includes an overview of object-oriented principles. As such, more complex UML issues are unapologetically not addressed in this book. Only the most commonly used aspects of UML are discussed, thus avoiding topics which may serve to confuse new users.

What is provided is a solid foundation on which to get started using UML. The book is written in a colloquial style; an easy read that is perfect for its 'weekend' approach. Also helpful are the review sections and self-quizzes, which can also be used as a refresher later on.

Because it was published in 2002, UML 2 is not covered. However, this should not deter those looking for a quick start to using UML. Try this book for a weekend, then move on to a more advanced book covering UML 2 specifically.

Elizabeth Graham, Technical Editor, Gentleware AG, 10/2004

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