Book excerpt -- Chapter 3: "The Use Case Model"

from The Rational Edge: An excerpt from the new book by Terry Quatrani and Jim Palistrant, Visual Modeling with IBM Rational Software Architect and UML.


The Rational Edge, Editorial staff, IBM 

The Rational Edge is an online publication that focuses on the people and practices of the Rational community.

31 May 2006

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Now, a book to help you master UML 2.0 visual modeling -- with IBM Rational Software Architect

book coverUsing IBM Rational Software Architect, you can unify all aspects of software design and development. It allows you to exploit new modeling language technology to architect systems more effectively and develop them more productively.

Now, two of IBM's leading modeling experts have written the definitive, start-to-finish guide to UML 2-based visual modeling with Rational Software Architect. You'll learn hands-on, using a simplified case study that's already helped thousands of professionals master analysis, design, and implementation with IBM Rational technologies.

Renowned UML expert Terry Quatrani and J2EE/SOA evangelist Jim Palistrant walk you through visualizing all facets of system architecture at every stage of the project lifecycle. Whether you're an architect, developer, or project manager, you'll discover how to leverage IBM Rational's latest innovations to optimize any project.

Coverage includes

  • Making the most of model-driven development with Rational Software Architect's integrated design and development tools
  • Understanding visual modeling: goals, techniques, language, and processes
  • Beginning any visual modeling project: sound principles and best practices
  • Capturing and documenting functional requirements with use case models
  • Creating analysis models that begin to reveal your optimal system implementation
  • Building design models that abstract your implementation model and source code
  • Using implementation models to represent your system's physical composition, from subsystems to executables and data
  • Transforming these models to actual running code

"Terry's style is always direct, approachable, and pragmatic. Abstraction is hard, and visualizing abstractions is as well, but here she'll guide you in doing both using Rational Software Architect."
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Click here to read Chapter 3, "The Use Case Model."

About this excerpt

This excerpt is published from the book titled, "Visual Modeling with IBM® Rational® Software Architect and UML," authored by Terry Quatrani and Jim Palistrant. Copyright 2006 by International Business Machines Corporation. ISBN 0321238087. Published May, 2006. Chapter provided is Number 3, pages 21 through 59. Published by IBM Press. Reproduced by permission of Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved. For more information, please visit:


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