UML 2.0

, May 18, 2004

Jim Steel on UML 2.0:

I pity any UML tool vendor who takes it upon themselves to implement UML 2. I have read more coherent binaries than the UML 2 specification, which seems to have been inspired by the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books that I read as a child, but 10 times as long, and split across multiple books. It was cool when I was 7, but now its just a bloody nuisance.

I couldn’t agree more. When Phillip explained the <<combine>> concept to me, I wasn’t sure whether my problem was that I was simply too dumb to grasp it, or too wary to be bothered with something like that. I don’t claim to understand UML inside and out, as I have not wasted years of my life wrestling with its internal structure; but given that convincing people about MDA is one of the things I do for a living, I believe I know more about it than the average user. If I don’t get this, how can the authors expect somebody who just wants to use UML, but whose core competence is in some business aspect, to be able to use it?