UML and PICs – textbooks cover high-end, and detail of embedded design

August 05, 2014 // By Graham Prophet
Publisher Elsevier has two new book titles that address opposite ends of the embedded design space; the first is by noted embedded-software methodologist and contributor to the UML and SysML standards, Bruce Powel Douglass. Here are the publisher's synopses;

Real-Time UML Workshop for Embedded Systems, 2nd Edition by Bruce Powel Douglass.

Written as a workbook with a set of guided exercises that teach by example, this book gives a practical, hands-on guide to using UML to design and implement embedded and real-time systems. It includes a review of the basics of UML and the Harmony process for embedded software development. Two ongoing case examples to teach the concepts - a small-scale traffic light control system and a large-scale unmanned air vehicle - show the applications of UML to the specification, analysis and design of embedded and real-time systems in general. The book enables professional embedded systems engineers, as well undergraduate and post-graduate students, to learn how to tackle real-world modelling issues with ease and proficiency.

Bruce Powel Douglass has over 35 years of experience developing safety-critical real-time applications in a variety of hard real-time environments. He is the Chief Evangelist at IBM Rational, where he is a thought leader in the systems space and consulting with and mentors IBM customers all over the world. Papers and presentations are available at his Real-Time UML Yahoo technical group ( and from his IBM thought leader page (

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