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The Elements of UML 2.0 Style by Scott W. Ambler
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Nov 16, 08

bookshelves: computers
Recommended for: Anyone who uses/wants to use UML
Read in March, 2006, read count: 5+

Great follow on book to his first edition, now updated to show UML 2.0.

Since one of the main reasons for using UML is to communicate ideas and intent, style becomes very important; Scott Ambler's book gives concise, clear directions on maintaining a consistent style when using UML. I've seen many UML like diagrams that fail to clarify the design and intent of a system (and I've seen many that are 'legal' UML that are so convoluted and cryptic that they could be understood by no one, not even the creator).

A lot of the communication value in UML diagrams still comes from the layout skill of the designer. This book helps teach layout and style skills that always seek to clarify and communicate.

This book has a permanent home in my laptop bag...Like it's predecesor, I refer to it often and it has made me a better modler/design because of it.
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