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on August 5, 2002
This book is a little bit of common sense wrapped up in a lot of pseudo-religious psychobabble.
Agile modeling is a technique that can be summed up in one sentence. "Use UML wisely". This book attempts to wrap that simple concept up in 25-dollar words and intellectual grandeur. Ambler preaches the value of simplicity for good communications, but has done a poor job of following his own advice; instead he delivers a healthy dose of verbal diarrhea and baffling language.
Tragically, the editor could have really helped, but chose not to. Amblers appalling practice of putting initials and references in brackets every second sentence should have been stopped after the first page. As for the layout, the editor desperately needs to read a book on the correct use of white space because those long blocks of dreary text are just draining to try and read.
Mr. Ambler, I respect your ideas and applaud you standing up to the nonsense of overblown UML diagrams that communicate nothing. Unfortunately you need to rethink you approach, because this book is a classic example of the things you're arguing against.
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on May 15, 2002
If you have never done OO modeling, then this book doesn't have enough detail on modeling to be your only source of instruction. And if you do know modeling, then you only need common sense to know you that you need to avoid getting stuck with "analysis paralysis". I think this book should have been just a magazine article. Hats off to Mr. Ambler for being able to generate so many words with so little to say.
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