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UML book?

Faisal Ahmad
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Joined: Aug 31, 2006
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Hello all!

Im new to UML. Could you please suggest me a best book that caters the following needs:
1. Should be in the range novice-advanced.
2. Should also help me in preparing for SCEA.
3. Should suggest some exercises, if possible.

Thanks in advance!
Paul Croarkin
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UML Distilled by Martin Fowler is the only UML book you will ever need.

Thanks,<br /> <br />Paul Croarkin<br />SCEA 5, SCWCD, SCJP
garth schneider
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"UML 2 and the Unified Process" 2nd edition by Jim Arlow and Ila Neustadt is my favorite. It goes deeper than UML Distilled which is also a great book.

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Phil Haigh

Joined: Jan 19, 2006
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In addition to UML Distilled I also use "The Unified Modeling Language" by Booch/Rumbaugh/Jacobson (ISBN 0201571684) and "Applying UML and Patterns" by Larman, (ISBN 0130925691).

Not essential on day 1, but UML Distilled can be a bit too brief in some areas

Cameron Wallace McKenzie
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You know, I read Refactoring and really enjoyed it.

I also keep a copy of UML Distilled close by, and recommend it as a must have. It's a great reference, but man, just try reading it. It's just brutal reading. Martin Fowler wasn't joking when he used the word 'Distilled' in the title.

But I was surprised when I realized both books were written by the same person. Clearly, a 'distilled' book on UML was the goal, because Refactoring was a much more enjoyable simply as a pure read.

One book I might suggest is Java Modelling in Color by Peter Coad.

It's amazon reviews are somewhat appropriate, but what it does is give you insight on how to design an object model at a very complex level. If you don't know your stuff, this book will leave you in the cold.

The other great thing is it has about 100 real, complex object models with real sequence diagrams. In your real life work, you can open a section of this book and pull out a very complete, and very complex object model and class diagram that will address problems you never thought of, and make you look like an absolute star.

I plan on referencing it often as I put together my SCEA 5 submission.

-Cameron McKenzie
Paul Michael
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Joined: Jul 02, 2001
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I'm thinking of using the following books as reference for SCEA 5 Beta Part II:

UML 2.0 in a Nutshell and UML Distilled (3rd Edition)

But until they arrive at my doorsteps, I think I'd have to settle with Mark Cade's SCEA Study Guide which is unfortunately pre UML 2.0.

SCJP 1.2 (89%), SCWCD 1.3 (94%), IBM 486 (90%), SCJA Beta (96%), SCEA (91% / 77%), SCEA 5 P1 (77%), SCBCD 5 (85%)
Hong Anderson
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Try UML Distilled 3rd ed.

SCJA 1.0, SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.4, SCBCD 1.3, SCJP 5.0, SCEA 5, SCBCD 5; OCUP - Fundamental, Intermediate and Advanced; IBM Certified Solution Designer - OOAD, vUML 2; SpringSource Certified Spring Professional
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