Use Cases: Patterns and Blueprints

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This book offers a patterns-based approach to producing better use cases. Thedesign patterns approach has become popular because it allows softwarepractitioners to address recurring problems by applying a catalog of provensolutions. Use cases have gained widespread popularity because they allow asystem designer to determine how software will ultimately be "used" by thesystem's customer/end-user before the process of coding even begins. For allof their benefit and widespread acceptance, use cases are still misunderstood bya great number of professionals who could benefit from their effectivedeployment. This book marries the best of design patterns and use cases. Theauthors use the patterns approach to demystify use cases, and provide a provenframework for helping organizations build software more efficiently. The majorteaching points are supported by concrete, real-world examples.

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"Gunnar and Karin have not only defined a large collection of use-case patterns and examples of how specific usages are to be modeled in a use-case model, they have also provided an accurate, complete, and comprehensible description of the constructs used in use-case modeling... I am impressed by this book."

—From the Foreword by Ivar Jacobson

Employ the proven concept of design patterns to build more accurate, usable, and maintainable use-case models

This book brings together dozens of proven patterns for creating use cases that more accurately reflect real requirements, are easier to translate into working systems, and are simpler to maintain. Utilizing these patterns, architects, analysts, engineers, and managers can leverage decades of hard-earned knowledge to achieve far better results, far more quickly.

The authors carefully describe how each pattern works, what problems it is intended to solve, and the consequences associated with using it. All patterns are supported with detailed examples and platform-independent class models that demonstrate how they may be realized. All constructs and diagrams reflect the current UML 2.0 standard. This book also includes an insightful use-case primer that will be indispensable both to novices and veteran modelers seeking to become more effective.

Coverage includes

  • Modeling rules that lead to more comprehensible, maintainable, and correct models

  • Patterns for structuring, layering, mapping, sequencing, and viewing use cases more effectively

  • Blueprints for security, legacy integration, data input/ output, task scheduling, and reporting

  • Constructing use cases that separate mandatory elements from optional parts that can be delivered separately

  • Incorporating business rules in use-case modeling

  • Practical techniques for documenting use cases more effectively

  • When to use multiple patterns and blueprints together

  • Identifying and avoiding eight common mistakes in use-case modeling: guidance for designers and reviewers

  • Examples from a wide range of application domains

Rely on this book as the world's #1 reference to reusable use-case solutions—and as a catalyst for inspiration in all your use-case modeling projects.


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About the Author:

GUNNAR ÖVERGAARD is recognized as a leading authority on UML and use cases, and a prime mover in the global object technology community. He has worked with use-case-driven development, object-oriented development processes, consulting, and education since the mid 1980s.

KARIN PALMKVIST has more than fifteen years of experience with use cases and object technology. She mentors and instructs development organizations introducing use cases and object technologies, speaks frequently at seminars and conferences, and participates actively in the UML development community.


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