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Convergent Architecture: Building Model Driven J2EE Systems with UML
Book Review Team
posted 14 years ago
<pre>Author/s : Richard Hubert Publisher : John Wiley & Sons Category :Design & Refactoring Review by : Thomas Paul Rating : 4 horseshoes</pre> When I started this book, I was looking forward to an explanation of how to use Convergent Architecture to create a J2EE application. What I found was a vague, confusing, and repetitive discussion that often reads as if it was in a tragic accident with a thesaurus. The idea behind the Convergent Architecture is not that complicated. We need to create a model driven architecture above UML that can link design and actual code development. Too often the Convergent Architecture is not explained in terms of what it is but rather how it is like designing cathedrals, diesel engines, or jet planes. The author tells us that using the Convergent Architecture can reduce time up to 70% and that these numbers are endorsed by neutral parties but he gives us no information about these neutral parties. And he doesn’t tell us what the 70% is actually compared to making these numbers useless for doing any evaluation. The book promises to be a "step-by-step" guide but instead reads like a corporate white paper designed to sell a product. And there is a product in here that the author is selling. He is the founding director of the company that makes a product that takes up the last two chapters of the book. The only part of the book that is "step-by-step" is the tutorial on how to use the author’s product. Overall, I was very disappointed in a book that I looked forward to reading. More info at Amazon.com More info at Amazon.co.uk [ March 19, 2002: Message edited by: Johannes de Jong ]