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Can UML Distilled do it?

 
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I have a copy of UML Distilled and I'm just curious if it is enough to pass the exam by reading and understanding the concepts in this book. From previous posts in this forum, it seems that both UML Distilled(Fowler) and Applying UML(Larman) are heavily suggested. Having read Fowler's book two times already aside from reading other resources on the net on design patterns, and scoring about 82% (average of many tries) in the IBM pre-assessment test, is it advisable to take the real UML exam now?
Or do i really need to read Larman's book first?
 
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Hi Sanchez,
It actually depends on the amount of experience you have with OOAD.You can tackle Test 486, if you have read Fowler and have done atleast one OOAD design yourself.Larman book is all about designing a POS application.If you are already comfortable designing such applications you may skim through the sections.You may want to refer to GRASP patterns mentioned in the book, if you are not familiar with it.
Hope this helps,
Sandeep
[This message has been edited by Desai Sandeep (edited July 13, 2001).]
 
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I strongly recommend that you read the Larman book at least once, The development process that Larman describes is aligned with the point of view IBM or that of the test.
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All you need is UML distilled + some real-world experience with UML. Nothing extensive, just some use-cases, class diagrams, and you'll be fine.
I just passed 486 with 70% and all I did was study from UML distilled and surf the web all day at work
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It is possible to pass the test with only UML Distilled, and some good experience. If you do not have good experience in OO I highly recommend you read Larman's book for the test and yourself.
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Hi!
Thanks for your replies. I went on and take the exam and passed it with 74% just yesterday. I'm happy with my score because the exam for me was challenging, a little more difficult than the pre-assessment test but I'm glad i kept my composure given the big diagrams and long text in the questions.
Again thanks.
 
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Hi, sanchez gerry
Can you send me a copy of UML Distilled by e-mail? Thanks a lot!
My email: tomchenh@163.net

Originally posted by sanchez gerry:
I have a copy of UML Distilled and I'm just curious if it is enough to pass the exam by reading and understanding the concepts in this book. From previous posts in this forum, it seems that both UML Distilled(Fowler) and Applying UML(Larman) are heavily suggested. Having read Fowler's book two times already aside from reading other resources on the net on design patterns, and scoring about 82% (average of many tries) in the IBM pre-assessment test, is it advisable to take the real UML exam now?
Or do i really need to read Larman's book first?



[This message has been edited by Tom Chen (edited July 19, 2001).]
 
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Originally posted by Tom Chen:

Can you send me a copy of UML Distilled by e-mail? Thanks a lot!


They can't really do that, Tom, because it's a copyrighted book and that's not fair to the author. But, as reference books go, it's not an expensive one (US$29.95 if you buy it from a b&m)...
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