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UML Distilled, Third Edition

Martin Fowler has extensively rewritten his popular UML Distilled (3rd Edition, Addison Wesley, 2004) and the product is superior to previous editions.

The major difference in the 3rd edition is the updates for UML 2.0, which are extensive, and a good enough reason to own the new edition. In addition, it appears that the technical coverage of the UML is a lot more thorough than previous editions.

Keep in mind that this book is meant to be a condensed guide to the UML. With that caveat aside, where this book still lacks compared to other UML books is the absence of a single, consistent example domain model used throughout the book.

In contrast, Tom Pender's UML Bible, while a lot longer at close to 900 pages (versus ~160 for UML Distilled), contains a single example throughout - a ticket ordering system.

Similarly, Craig Larman's Applying UML and Patterns employs a point-of-sale terminal example throughout.

Note that while the Fowler and Pender's books are thorough introductions to UML 2.0, Craig Larman recently informed us that he will not be coming out with an edition for UML 2.0 for the main reason that the focus of the book is more on process than notation. That makes sense but this could still detract from readership amongst those wishing to get up to speed on the latest version of UML.

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Potential purchasers of UML Distilled 3rd Edition should be aware that the book is rather thin and only about half of it has any useful UML content due to the large number of pages devoted to introductions, forewords, dedications, overviews, history of the book, background, contents, index, bibliography, etc. In other words, there is a lot of padding and fluff! The book doesn't really get going until about a third of the way in. The amount of content dedicated to UML 2.0 is rather disappointing. Much of UML 2.0 is either only briefly covered or not covered at all. So, this book should only be regarded as a BRIEF overview of UML 2.0.

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