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UML -- uh yay, or nay

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Well, I''m just curious what people think on this -- the would be supervisors, designers, graphics programmers, what have you. How many of you out there use UML all the time, or at least for design/analysis (whatever) and how many of you think its a neccessary evil... how many get headaches just thinking about it. L- " ''No one has control -- control is just a fantasy. And being human is difficult.'' "

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If I could convince more people around here to use it I would. But they all see it as extra work that isn''t needed. It shows in their work.

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Done right, UML always decreases the amount of work and increases the quality of work. Done wrong, the converse is true.

Too many managers think of UML as a process; they require diagrams of every type from their designers. That leads to 80% of the diagrams being obvious and useless.

Ya see, UML isn''t a tool; it''s a toolbox. If you know how to employ the tools in it, where to use them and where not to, you''ll do well. If you don''t... well... ever tried to fix a leaky faucet with a hammer, a chisel, wrenches, a drill, six screwdrivers, three awls, a plane, and a can of oil?

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Would anybody be willing to recommened a good UML book? It would be nice if it would discuss when to use it and why rather than just what each diagram shape is for.

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