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Applying the SEMAT Kernel

SEMAT (Software Engineering Methods and Theory) is an international initiative designed to identify a common ground, or universal standard, for software engineering. It is supported by some of the most distinguished contributors to the field. Creating a simple language to describe methods and practices, the SEMAT team expresses this common ground as a kernel–or framework–of elements essential to all software development.

The Essence of Software Engineering introduces this kernel and shows how to apply it when developing software and communicating among teams and team members. It is a book for software professionals, not methodologists. Its usefulness to developers, who need to evaluate and choose the best practices for their particular projects, goes well beyond the description or application of any single methodology.

Aspect orientation promises to be the next big wave in software engineering, following on the heels of the object-oriented paradigm. Proponents tout the value of aspect orientation in providing the ability to add extremely useful mechanisms such as security, logging, persistence, debugging, tracing, distribution, performance monitoring, and exception handling.

To state it simply, it makes programming and programs more efficient. This highly-anticipated new book demonstrates how to apply use cases and aspect orientation in building robust and extensible systems.

The authors show you how to identify, design, implement, test, and refactor use case modules and how to extend them. The book also demonstrates how to design use case modules with UML including some enhancements made in UML 2.0 to better support the modeling of use case modules.

Developers who effectively employ use cases deliver better applications-on time and under budget. The concept behind use cases is perhaps as old as software itself; they express the behavior of systems in terms of how users will ultimately interact with them. Despite this inherent simplicity, the use case approach is frequently misapplied, resulting in functional requirements that are confusing, cumbersome, or redundant.

In "Use Case Modeling", experienced use case practitioners Kurt Bittner and Ian Spence share their tips and tricks for applying use cases in various environments. They delve into all aspects of use case modeling and management, demonstrating how development teams can capitalize on the approach's simplicity when modeling complex systems. In this ready reference, readers will discover how to:

* introduce a development team to use cases and implement a use case approach;

* identify the key elements of a use case model, including actors; and the components of a use case, including basic flow, preconditions, post-conditions, sub-flows, and alternate flows;

* master the objectives and challenges of creating detailed descriptions of use cases;

* improve their descriptions' readability and consistency;

* prevent and remedy common problems arising from the misuse of include, extend, and generalization use case relationships;

* organize and conduct a review of a use case model to realize the best possible approach.

The book draws extensively on best practices developed at Rational Software Corporation, and presents real-life examples to illustrate the considerable power of use case modeling. As such, Use Case Modeling is sure to give development teams the tools they need to translate vision and creativity into systems that satisfy the most rigorous user demands.

Ivar Jacobson, one of the Three Amigos of Rational, follows his fellow amigos, Grady Booch and James Rumbaugh, with the publication of The Road to the Unified Software Development Process, his own collection of the best of his work.

Together with Stefan Bylund, Dr Jacobson has gathered the best of his articles from Object Magazine, JOOP, and ROAD, and updated them to reflect current trends in the industry. This book not only presents the best of his work, but it also tracks the development of the new Unified Software Development Process.

This book is an excellent reference for software professionals who are interested in analysis and design. It provides real-world experience in developing quality software through disciplined engineering.

The Unified Software Development Process is a new software analysis and design process derived primarily from the three market leading OOA&D methods, Booch, OOSE (Use-Case), and OMT with ideas drawn from many other methods and input from many other parties. It is a component-based, use case driven, architecture centered, iterative and incremental developmental process that uses the Unified Modeling Language (UML) to represent models of the software system to be developed.

The Unified Software Development Process book describes, apart from the unified generic process and the different activities in developing a software system, the different models developed and evolved during the lifecycle of a system. It describes in an easy-to-understand way the different higher-level constructs -- notation as well as semantics -- used in the models. Thus stereotypes such as use cases and actors, packages, classes, stereotypes, interfaces, active classes, processes and threads, nodes, and most relations will be described intuitively in the context of a model. The Unified Software Development Process will go further then most OO A&D methods by describing a family of processes that incorporate the complete life-cycle of software.

Achitecture, Process and Organization for Business Success

This text provides a set of guidelines for ensuring success with systematic, large-scale object oriented reuse, examining component-based software engineering, the use of standard components in systematic design procedures which allow components to be used in different ways in different systems.

The book develops a conceptual framework and specific techniques to address key business, process, architecture and organization issues in a reuse-driven software engineering business. It uses a Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) approach and provides advice on setting up and running a reuse business.

Business Process Re-engineering with Object Technology

"I firmly believe that this work... will have a profound impact on governments and corporations worldwide, as they seek excellence, efficiency and profitability. It is an authoritative guide on how to realize the ultimate adaptive enterprise architecture..." - Dan L. Jonson, Avemco Corporation.

Business Process Reengineering (BPR) is the key management trend of the day. Ivar Jacobson's book, The Object Advantage, presents a blueprint for re-designing a business according to BPR principles. It uses one method to integrate his work of reengineering a business, its processes and its vital infrastructure the information system. It describes all of the details about a business and its processes by viewing customers as users and business processes as cases of how they use the business "use cases". And it manages the risks involved in BPR by using a how-to method based on object technology, offering concrete guidance in the shape of a formal reengineering process.

Whilst most books tackle the "soft factors" (motivation, management commitment, leadership), The Object Advantage goes beyond this type of hand-waving and offers practical steps to success that include:

* A description that specifies every activity and deliverable involved in the business process Deliverables, in the form of business models, that focus on the company's architecture and dynamics

* A process for the development of an information system that is truly integral to the reengineered company

* A seamless relationship is created between business model and information system, vastly increasing a company's chances of successfully re-enginneering itself - the heart of this relationship is the application of the BPR model and object technology.

Ivar Jacobson's book will be essential reading for any manager contemplating reengineering their business or wishing to understand more about BPR and its practical implementation. It will also be invaluable for re-enginnering teams re-designing their companies, employees within a reengineered company needing to understand how their new environment will work and what their role will be, and systems analysts and designers wanting to expand their current applications of object technology into business modeling and business reengineering.

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