Applying Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML: An Annotated e-Commerce Example is a practical, hands-on guide to putting use case methods to work in real-world situations. This workbook is a companion to Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML. It bridges the gap between the theory presented in the main book and the practical issues involved in the development of an Internet e-commerce application.
Uniquely conceived as a workbook and featuring as a running example an e-commerce system for an online bookstore, Applying Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML examines design in detail, demonstrating the most common design mistakes and the correct design solutions. The hands-on exercises allow you to detect, identify, and correct critical errors on your own, before reviewing the solutions provided in the book.
Structured around the proven ICONIX Process, this workbook presents a streamlined approach to UML modeling designed to avoid analysis paralysis without skipping analysis and design. The book presents the four key phases of this minimalist approach to use case driven design—domain modeling, use case modeling, robustness analysis, and sequence diagramming—and for each topic provides an overview, detailed discussion, list of common mistakes, and a set of exercises for honing object modeling and design skills.
The three chapters on reviews are also unique. The authors devote a chapter each to requirements review, preliminary design review, and critical design review. This focus on "designing quality in" by teaching how to review UML models fills a major gap in the published literature.
Through examples, Applying Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML shows you how to avoid more than seventy specific design errors, as illustrated by the "Top 10" error lists included as a handy key on the inside covers and within each chapter. With the information, examples, and exercises found here, you will develop the knowledge and skills you need to apply use case modeling more effectively to your next application.
Review By: Showey Howey 06/23/2010Authors Doug Rosenberg and Kendall Scott of ICONIX Software Engineering, Inc. present a workbook-style exploration of Use Case Modeling based on the ICONIX process. Organized first by the four ICONIX development phases, concepts then evolve through key element description text and top ten lists of common student mistakes collected from ICONIX workshops.
Sensible exercises (with hints) draw the reader immediately into the methodology and give positive signs of self-learning. Presentation of the material showed respect for the reader’s time. While the book layout could use some improvement (figures are usually a page turn from their references), the use of color in the exercises, hints, and top ten lists makes it easy to cross-reference and locate text. Use of a single project keeps the focus on the topic. The clear and conversational writing style rarely gets in the way of the concepts.
A summary of the book's use case documentation appears in an appendix so readers can check their own attempts against the authors' example. Deceptively specific, the book deserves a wide readership. Obviously, trainers promoting ICONIX methods will use this when planning formal courses but casual trainers will also find this book helpful.
Lessons learned weave through the descriptions in a way bosses and clients can understand. General objections to Use Case and UML processes are acknowledged and many are overcome with straightforward language. Three chapters explain the value of reviews, tasks often neglected by the team and undervalued by management and users.
Easy and fun to read, this book gave me a quick but thorough overview of the topic. Fun, easy, and quick do not describe most technical books on my shelves. My time is valuable and my needs are usually immediate. This book delivers the right amount of content without the dummy attitude.
Many workbooks suffer from a use-once-and-toss format. The Annotated e-Commerce Example within this workbook preserves the reader’s investment. Personal knowledge of the example deepens as the modeling process unfolds making the text stand up well on second reading. In addition, the full model can be downloaded from the ICONIX website, extending the exercises by another five cases.
Despite the somewhat negative bias of the error lists, the book is upbeat and interactive. Immersion in the methodology seemed a bad idea at first, but the hints within the exercises saved this UML beginner from total frustration. The hints were broad enough to leave room for thought.
I also appreciated the authors’ candid remarks about their previous book on the subject and the role of the ICONIX organization and proprietary tools in the process. They defended the book’s scope with references to other authors and books for those wanting more detail. The collected top ten lists would make a great reference for teams during a Use Case Driven project.
What a terrific way to spend an afternoon and learn Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML! Using plainly defined terms and clear illustrations, the authors lead readers through top ten lists describing common pitfalls associated with the methodology. Error-ridden mini-samples provide an interactive way to shorten your learning curve.