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uml 2 for dummies
UML 2 for Dummies
by Michael Jesse Chonoles and James A. Schardt ISBN:0764526146
Hungry Minds 2003 (412 pages)

This plain English guide on building complex architectures with UML 2 shows how to adjust to the UML 2 standard, extract key information from UML models, object modeling, case modeling and more.

Table of Contents
UML 2 for Dummies
Part I - UML and System Development
Chapter 1 - What’s UML About, Alfie?
Chapter 2 - Following Best Practices
Part II - The Basics of Object Modeling
Chapter 3 - Objects and Classes
Chapter 4 - Relating Objects That Work Together
Chapter 5 - Including the Parts with the Whole
Chapter 6 - Reusing Superclasses: Generalization and Inheritance
Chapter 7 - Organizing UML Class Diagrams and Packages
Part III - The Basics of Use-Case Modeling
Chapter 8 - Introducing Use-Case Diagrams
Chapter 9 - Defining the Inside of a Use Case
Chapter 10 - Relating Use Cases to Each Other
Part IV - The Basics of Functional Modeling
Chapter 11 - Introducing Functional Modeling
Chapter 12 - Capturing Scenarios with Sequence Diagrams
Chapter 13 - Specifying Workflows with Activity Diagrams
Chapter 14 - Capturing How Objects Collaborate
Chapter 15 - Capturing the Patterns of Behavior
Part V - Dynamic Modeling
Chapter 16 - Defining the Object’s Lives with States
Chapter 17 - Interrupting the States by Hosting Events
Chapter 18 - Avoiding States of Confusion
Part VI - Modeling the System’s Architecture
Chapter 19 - Deploying the System’s Components
Chapter 20 - Breaking the System into Packages/Subsystems
Part VII - The Part of Tens
Chapter 21 - Ten Common Modeling Mistakes
Chapter 22 - Ten Useful UML Web Sites
Chapter 23 - Ten Useful UML Modeling Tools
Chapter 24 - Ten Diagrams for Quick Development
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Listings
List of Sidebars

When it comes to modeling, this book is not just another pretty face! It guides you gently through the complexities of UML, helps you adjust to the UML 2 standard, shows you how to extract key information from UML models, and more. Before you know it, you’ll be communicating and developing systems like never before.

About the Authors

Michael Jesse Chonoles is former Chief of Methodology at the Advanced Concepts Center (ACC).

James A. Schardt is ACC’s Chief Technologist. Both belong to OMG Task Forces.

UML 2 for Dummies

by Michael Jesse Chonoles
and James A. Schardt

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Michael dedicates this book to his wife Susann and to their son Zev, for their love, support, sacrifice, and silliness.

Jim dedicates this book to his wife Martha for her sustaining love and encouragement, and to M. R. Bawa Muhaiyaddeen as the guiding inspiration in his life.

Authors’ Acknowledgments

We would like to thank all the students whom we have taught over the years for their help in shaping our ideas, and all the members of the Advanced Concepts Center, both past and present, for the chance to work with some of the best practitioners in the business of systems and software development.

Together we acknowledge the absolutely necessary help, encouragement, and moral support of our Wiley editors Terri Varveris and Kala Schrager.

Michael would like to thank a whole bunch of people who have helped him over the years, and specifically with this book: Susann Chonoles for teaching him how to write better and for help in proofreading; Zev Chonoles, for being a Test Dummy For Dummies and reading his chapters; his managers Bob DeCarli, Mike Duffy, and Barbara Zimmerman, who encouraged him even when he messed up; and his high-school buddies Joseph Newmark, Jeffrey Landsman, and Barry Salowitz, who keep on telling him what he’s doing wrong. It goes without saying that he’s grateful to his parents for everything.

He’d also like to acknowledge Jim Schardt for his work toward understanding UML in all its forms, and Lou Varveris for his insight, recommendations, and for access to the Popkin’s System Architect tool. He’s also grateful to all the members of the OMG ADTF and the UML Gurus for their technical advice, encouragement, and support over the years—especially Cris Kobryn, Jim Odell, Jim Rumbaugh, Philippe Desfray, and Bran Selic.

Jim would like to thank a number of individuals who helped him develop his knowledge and skills over the years: David Oliver for his systems perspective; Michael Kamfonas for his data-warehouse development insights; Michael Chonoles for his work toward understanding UML in all its forms; Jim Rumbaugh and Fred Eddy for their mentoring on object-oriented analysis; and Michael Blaha and William Premerlani for their guiding hand in developing database-design techniques using UML.

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About the Authors

Michael Jesse Chonoles: An established system developer, educator, author, and consultant, Michael has done just about everything that you can do in software and system development—business, requirements, and software analysis; software, system, and architectural design; coding in many languages; testing and quality control—right through marketing, packing, and shrink-wrapping the software. His titles include Chief of Methodology for the Advanced Concepts Center (ACC), Software Development Practice Area Director, Consulting Analyst, Software Standard and Practices Manager, Test Director, Senior Software Engineer, several varieties of Team/Project Lead/Staff, and (his personal favorite) Wizard. At the Advanced Concepts Center, he was responsible for the content and direction of its Object-Oriented and Requirements-Gathering Curricula as well as its Software Development Practice. Together with his co-author, he constructed a software/ system-development methodology, CADIT, which was an early attempt to combine agile techniques with aerospace discipline. He continues his quest to make the complicated simple, while increasing the professional rigor, quality, and productivity of his audience’s working lives.

Michael has been involved in many aspects of UML, even before there was a UML. He’s been an active member of the UML RTF (Revision Task Force) at OMG—and frequently writes, lectures, speaks, and suggests UML topics.

Michael has an MSE in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and BSs in Math and Physics from MIT. He can be contacted at

James A. Schardt: As the Chief Technologist with the Advanced Concepts Center, James provides 24 years of experience and a firm grounding in object-oriented development, data warehousing, and distributed systems. He teaches and mentors Fortune 50 companies in the U.S. and abroad. His many years of practice in object-oriented systems, database design, change management, business engineering, instructional design, systems-architecture assessment, business engineering, and team facilitation bring a wealth of experience to his assignments.

He authors papers on data warehousing and object technology and also wrote a column for Report on Object-Oriented Analysis and Design. James speaks at The Data Warehouse Institute’s world conferences on a regular basis. He delivers a two-day presentation on collecting and structuring the requirements for enterprise data-warehouse development.

James is always looking for ways to improve the way that we develop systems and software. Clients request him by name to deliver his exceptional knowledge transfer skills, both in the classroom and as a mentor on projects. Over the years, James has managed major research and development programs, invented new systems methods, developed “intelligent” information-access systems, and provided unique insights into clients’ difficult development problems.

James has an MSE in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He can be reached via