UML 2.0 in Action: A project-based tutorial

UML 2.0 in Action: A project-based tutorial
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Book Details

Language : English
Paperback : 248 pages [ 235mm x 191mm ]
Release Date : September 2005
ISBN : 1904811558
ISBN 13 : 9781904811558
Author(s) : Henriette Baumann, Patrick Grassle, Philippe Baumann
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Enterprise Products and Platforms, Architecture & Analysis, Enterprise
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Henriette Baumann

Henriette Baumann is the co-founder and board member of integratio GmbH (, based in Zurich. Henriette studied Informatics and Economics and was involved in software development and engineering since the mid-eighties, particularly with the transformation of business requirements in software systems. In 1998, she started with UML business modeling and has used UML in several projects. Today her main focus is on project management and consulting for business analysis, business requirements engineering, and business specifications based on UML, especially for financial service companies.

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Patrick Grassle

Patrick Grässle is the co-founder and board member of KnowGravity Inc. ( in Zürich, a leading supplier of MDA and Business Rules know-how. Patrick studied Informatics and Economics at the University of Zürich. In 1986, he built his first model of an IT system using structured analysis and did not stop modeling since then. He has applied UML in many projects. He used and consulted structured and object-oriented methods for system specification. In the nineties, he helped develop the first localized UML trainings in Switzerland. The UML-based 'Model Driven Architecture' and the 'Business Rules Approach' absorb his main interest nowadays, but he is still doing UML training and consulting.

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Philippe Baumann

Philippe Baumann is co-founder and member of the board of integratio GmbH (, based in Zurich. Philippe studied Informatics at the University of Hagen (D) and was involved in software development and application integration since the mid-eighties. In 1998, he started with UML, and its usage in system integration and electronic data interchange between companies. Today he is the project manager and consultant for technical aspects and implementation of software integration using UML. He is also active in the field of implementation and integration of Open Source business software such as ERP and CRM.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Basic Principles and Background
  • Modeling Business Systems
  • Modeling IT Systems
  • Modeling Systems Integration


In Detail

Most books about UML describe it almost in its entirety. Inevitably you're left with only a superficial knowledge of the range of UML elements, without a deep and intuitive understanding of how to apply UML as a whole to real world design problems. This book doesn't set out to cover all of UML, but instead pulls together those parts of UML with immediate practical relevance and presents them as part of a coherent process for using UML in your actual development projects.

This book is designed to be read while you work on a real project. After an initial review of the essentials of UML and the design process,  it begins with the modeling of a business system and its business processes, in this case an airport.  Then the IT system intended to serve that business process is described and analysed. Finally the integration of the system into the production environment is covered in detail.

The book can be used in two ways: it can be read through as a thorough grounding in how UML really works in practice; in addition it can be used as stand alone guide to that particular aspect of your own project. Both result in an intuitive understanding of how to actually use UML.

If you've read the UML documentation or a guide to the UML syntax, but don't feel you really know where to start with UML on a live project, then this unique book is what you need. Written as a practical case study, the book sets out to give you the intuitive feel for UML you need to confidently add it to your core development toolkit. The authors walk through a rich analysis and design scenario, explaining which parts of UML to use, and how to use them. The emphasis is on the systematic and practical application of UML to real business cases.

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The book is uniquely practical. A richly textured case study is used throughout the book. Although some aspects of the Airport Passenger Services business process are simplified for sake of clarity and efficiency, it provides a comprehensive practical grounding for theoretical UML knowledge. The case study itself was developed in partnership with employees of Zurich Airport.

Who this book is for

The book was written for business analysts, technical architects and developers. It does not require detailed programming knowledge, nor is prior experience of UML mandatory.  It shows how, with UML, simple models of business processes and specification models can be created and read with little effort.

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