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Hello Wrox Tech Support,
I’ve purchased Pro UML with VS.Net Unmasking Visio for Enterprise Architects by Filev, Loton, et al.

Great book! Thanks.

I’ve found a couple of mysteries though. My ISBN number is different than what is on your webpage. Mine is 1-86100-795-7. The website indicates 0-7645-4376-8 as the ISBN. The webpage also mentions that the book has 368 pages. My book has 343 pages. These discrepancies may be the cause of my problem which is;

On page 103 under the title “Use Cases for a Simple Library System” a Use Case is discussed. On page 104 the Use Case is presented. The relationships between the Actors and Use Cases (an arrow with an unclosed arrowhead) are found neither in Visio Use Case stencil nor in the Booch UML User Guide. The Use Case is never actually built in the example. On page 107 under the title “Creating a Sequence Diagram” the author refers to the “Check Out Media” use case (never built). Later on this page we build a Sequence Diagram and name it “Check Out Media” ???

On page 108 under the title “Adding Use Case Text to the Sequence Diagram” Step 1 “Double-click the Check Out Media use case node…” !!! What the…? There is no Check Out Media use case node.

I know there is an Errata item for page 108 but that addresses only a small part of my problem of no Use Case which is including the documentation from the nonexistent Use Case in the Sequence Diagram.

Do I have the right version of the book? Do I have an early incomplete edition or something? What happened to the missing 25 pages? Can I get an updated version of the book? I’m on something of a timeline to get my company’s business objects built. Any help you can provide is welcome.

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-Jim Ryan







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Hello Jim,

I'm glad you're enjoying the book. You do indeed have the latest version of the book. Each of the books that Wiley purchased from Wrox (including this one) were issued new Wiley ISBNs. The book you own was printed prior to the Wiley's acquisition of that title, so it still has the original ISBN on the back cover.

The last numbered page in the book is indeed 343. The website number is inaccurate, and should read 360 (the number of physical pages, including the table of contents and other required but not very exciting pages prior to Page 1). Thanks for spotting the error, we'll get that fixed.

Your questions regarding the Use Case error/omission go way, way beyond my expertise. Tech support is looking into it, and we will be querying the authors as well.

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Jim,

>On page 103 under the title “Use Cases for a Simple Library System” a Use Case is discussed. On page 104 the Use Case is presented. The relationships between the Actors and Use Cases (an arrow with an unclosed arrowhead) are found neither in Visio Use Case stencil nor in the Booch UML User Guide.

In this diagram, the relationship between the actor and use case was made using Visio's Communicates shape, and was created as described in the Visio Help topic "Create a use case diagram (UML model)", step 5.

> The Use Case is never actually built in the example. On page 107 under the title “Creating a Sequence Diagram” the author refers to the “Check Out Media” use case (never built). Later on this page we build a Sequence Diagram and name it “Check Out Media” ???

On page 108 under the title “Adding Use Case Text to the Sequence Diagram” Step 1 “Double-click the Check Out Media use case node…” !!! What the…? There is no Check Out Media use case node. >

In this book we didn't provide instructions for creating use case diagrams in Visio, since we were instructed by Wrox not to cover the
basics of UML already discussed in other books. That said, I don't remember whether readers actually receive the Visio diagrams used in the book, but if you'd like a copy of it, just let me know.

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I don't understand the phrase David has mentioned "this book we didn't provide instructions for creating use case diagrams in Visio".
I am searching a good book to use learn and work on a new project using Visio 2003 and VS2005.
Generally speaking (my understanding of UML process arch), firstly we start our project based on the problem statements, then start drowing use cases...........
So if the book doesnt talk about use cases, how we can create the tutorials....
Thanks for your help

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