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Applying UML and Patterns by Craig Larman, 2nd Edition

Established author Craig Larman just notified us that the 2nd edition of Applying UML and Patterns: An Introduction to Object-Oriented Analysis and Design and the Unified Process is now in print.

This is the first book on UML that we recommend to our readers. It is also Martin Fowler's recommendation and the #1 recommendation of amazon.com for object-oriented books:

The world's #1 best-selling introduction to object-oriented analysis/design, iterative development, and the UML...

We haven't seen it yet but as soon as we do, we'll let you know what improvements have been made.

It is interesting to note a slight change to the title from the first edition. The second edition includes the "Unified Process" in the title. Is this a realignment with Ivar Jacobson's process model??

If you've seen it, let us know what you think!

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Just got a copy of the Larman's 2nd edition and it is a significantly new work.

Chapter 2 is an introduction to the Unified Process (UP) and marks, as suspected, a significant reallignment of Larman's process from the 1st edition to Jacobson's UP.

In an email exchange with Craig Larman, he has confirmed for us that he has aligned his process closely with the UP in order to avoid industry confusion and the inertia which comes with multiple competing standards. Since in many ways the process described in the 1st edition bore elements of the UP, this was not a tectonic shift.

As an educator and widely-read author, Larman is to be commended for playing this unifying role in the UML standardization process.

More on this coming...

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The review on our site is for Larman's first edition and will hopefully be revised for the second edition.

Several points raised in the original review have now been addressed in the recently published second edition:

1) The review pointed out a problem with the dice game example in the beginning of the book. The second edition has revised the example appropriately.

2) The review raised the issue of using OCL to express system contracts. In a section titled Operation Contracts Expressed with the OCL in the second edition, Larman very briefly touches on the use of OCL for this purpose, with the caveat that OCL might be overkill for most projects. While little detail on OCL is given, nevertheless, Larman does include Warmer and Kleppe's book on OCL in the list of Further Readings.

3) The review contrasted the approaches of Ivar Jacobson (Use Cases) and Bertrand Meyer (Design by Contract). The second edition now mentions both Design by Contract and Eiffel in the discussion of system contracts.

Craig Larman is an author who pays careful attention to detail, as can be seen in these several revisions in the second edition. The major revision to this edition, though, is the incorporation of the Unified Process. Throughout this edition, Larman is carefully aligning himself with well-established experts in object technology, a very smart approach to take indeed.

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