Book Review
Fast Track UML 2.0


A concise collection and explanation of basic UML 2.0 notation.
For more detailed information, view the publishers homepage: Apress L.P.

Author:Kendall Scott
Page Count:350 pages
Publication Date:03/2004
Covered UML Versions:2.0

Subjects:  UML

About the Author

Kendall Scott is known in the IT community as the author, coauthor, and supporting author of five UML books, including UML Explained and the acclaimed UML Distilled. He partially makes his living as a UML trainer and mentor of technical and nontechnical students in a variety of industries. His previous experience includes 16 years as a technical writer, with a historical emphasis on turning complicated (and often voluminous) material into easy-to-use manuals and assorted documents for a wide range of readers. Scott is a ACM/IEEE member. He is also the author of The Unified Process Explained, Applying Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML, UML Explained, Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML, and UML Distilled, Second Edition.


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


I'm not sure whether to call this book an abbreviated reference book or an expanded glossary. In either case, it is well suited for those who need to pick up the rudimentary notation of UML 2.0 quickly. The chapters are short, descriptions concise, and language simple.

It does not go into detail about the differences between UML 1.x and 2.0, nor does it provide comprehensive examples or tutorial elements. Abundant figures throughout the book do not correspond to a common project, but contain enough information to make the notation usage clear.

Overall, I consider this book to be a handy desk reference for the beginner or manager who does not need a great level of detail. Those looking for a tutorial should pass this one up.

Elizabeth Graham, Technical Editor, Gentleware AG, 09/2005

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