There aren't enough symbols to cover all the subtly different things we want to say.
|--Desmond D'Souza and Alan Wills (1998, 371)|
This chapter provides you with a high-level summary of the main elements and artifacts of the UML—enough to get started with the pattern language.
Obviously, a single chapter is scarcely adequate to even begin the exercise of learning about the UML. But there are many good books out there that can provide an introductory service for those not already using the UML, and this book isn't meant to cover their territory. Anyone with a working knowledge of the UML can skim this chapter with the proviso that it provides information based on the 1.3 beta version of the UML ...