Synopses & Reviews
"Use Case Driven Object Modeling with UML--Theory and Practice" shows how to drive an object-oriented software design from use case all the way through coding and testing, based on the minimalist, UML-based ICONIX process. In addition to a comprehensive explanation of the foundations of the approach, the book makes extensive use of examples and provides exercises at the back of each chapter.
This book leads by example. It demonstrates common analysis and design errors, shows how to detect and fix them, and suggests how to avoid making the same errors in the future. The book also encourages you to examine its UML examples and to search for specific errors. You'll get clues, then later receive the answers during "review sessions" toward the end of the book.
Matt s Preface This book illustrates how to get from use cases to working, maintainable source code in as few steps as possible . . . but without cutting the essential corners. It s also about how to minimize the amount of rework you need to do once you ve gotten to source code. Learning by Doing In this book we ve tried to capture the essential qualities of Doug s ICONIX training courses that is, the magic qualities of learning by doing. The ICONIX Jumpstart courses are very practical and hands-on; they draw students in by encouraging them to learn new skills by practicing, often on the real projects that they ll be returning to once the course is finished. This idea of learning by doing has long been recognized as an optimal form of education. Even at the start of the twentieth century, John Dewey, an American psychologist and edu- tional reformer, recognized that learning from experience gives rise to increasing productivity. The key is to engage the brain with practical tasks rather than to fall into the all-too-familiar study trap of rote learning. Memorizing long lists of names or API functions might help someone score highly on a test, but it isn t the same as understanding a subject in depth. For one thing, people tend not to retain information for very long if they ve simply memorized it."