Book Review: Building Web Applications With UML, Second Edition
- By Dan Romanchik
As the Web has worked its way into business, the scale
of applications found on the Web has increased dramatically. No longer are Web
applications doing only simple things, such as processing forms or performing
simple calculations. Now, entire businesses are run via Web apps.
As applications get bigger and more critical, so too does the need for robust
design. In client/server environments, many developers are turning to the
Unified Modeling Language (UML) to help them build robust applications. It's
only natural then for developers to adopt UML when asked to build Web
If this is the situation you find yourself in,
Building Web Applications with UML, Second Ed
. is the book for you. It's not written for the Web developer who
must now model applications with UML, but rather for architects and designers of
client/server systems who must develop a Web application. It assumes readers are
familiar with object-oriented design and UML.
The first section covers basic Web technology, including HTTP, HTML,
also contains a chapter on security.
The next section deals with the process of building Web applications. Topics
covered include defining the system architecture, gathering requirements and use
cases, and how the architecture and system requirements affect the user
experience. Also included is a chapter on the Web Application Extension (WAE).
The WAE enables developers to represent Web pages, HTML forms and other classes
needed to model a Web application accurately. The final chapter of the book
shows how to turn your UML model into production code and components.
While I certainly recommend the book, readers need to
remember that the content assumes they know UML. If you're a Web developer who
feels the need to begin modeling your applications, you'll have to find a book
on UML and do a little studying before cracking this book open. If you're
already using UML, however, Building Web Applications with UML
will certainly help you apply that
knowledge to your Web application development project.
Building Web Applications with UML, Second Ed ., by Jim Conallen;
Addison-Wesley, Boston Mass., 2002.
Dan Romanchik is an engineering manager turned writer and Web developer. His current passion is amateur radio. You can read his amateur radio blog at www.blurty.com/~kb6nu.