A book is never the result of the author's work only, and this book does not make exception form this general rule. Several are they who deserve credit for their objective and unselfish help that made this book better. We would like to express our gratitude to all of them for their criticism and suggestions that contributed to improve the quality of our work.
Special thanks go to Dr. Tamara Shatar, a young and talented scientist who joined our team at IFAS, University of Florida, just after finishing her PhD from University of Sidney, Australia. Dr. Shatar was instrumental in developing the first UML diagrams representing various water-balance and irrigation-scheduling models.
We are very grateful to Alaine Margarete Guimaraes for her meticulous review of the manuscript. Alaine's help was crucial to finding most of the subtle discrepancies of the book.
Some instructive and insightful comments were made by Dr. Shrikant Jagtap, whose immense publishing experience has been very helpful not only for publishing this book but also for other work in the past. We thank Ray Buclin, Professor at the University of Florida, for the time he spent to read the book and make useful suggestions. The last but not certainly the least, Dr. Hugh Bigsby and Dr. Ram Ranjan deserve our gratitude for reading, one by one, all pages of the book and providing important insights that improved our work.
PART 1 : CONCEPTS AND NOTATIONS
In the first part of the book, basic principles and concepts of the object-oriented paradigm as well as the corresponding UML notation are presented. There are a large number of examples that describe the basic object-oriented concepts and their UML notation. Chapters 1 to 7 belong to the first part of the book. The material presented in these chapters builds the basis for approaching the applications presented in the second part of the book.
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