UML Modelling Tools Features

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UML Modelling Tools Features

Posted 11 November 2010 - 03:09 PM

Hi guys

As part of my masters project we are developing a UML modelling tool that will be a plug-in for Eclipse. The main aim of the project is to incorporate some extensions to UML that a PhD student has developed to model AOP systems.

After a bit of preliminary research we've decided that the best way to go about doing this is to completely design and implement our plug-in from scratch (the other open-source plug-ins are a little hard to extend for one reason or another).

So my question is, what features would you like to see in a tool like this? Is there any tools you have used and thought "that feature is nice" or maybe "that feature COULD be nice with further development" or "I wish it had this feature"?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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Re: UML Modelling Tools Features

Posted 11 November 2010 - 03:40 PM

Take my code and auto generate a UML so my professor will stop bitching. I come up with code on the fly. Who plans?
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 06:08 PM

View PostNeoTifa, on 11 November 2010 - 11:40 PM, said:

Take my code and auto generate a UML so my professor will stop bitching. I come up with code on the fly. Who plans?


what do you use to auto-generate UML from code?

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you should check Visual Paradigm, it's a nice program for making UML stuff. You can check it, maybe you get some ideas.
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Posted 12 November 2010 - 06:38 PM

If your code is more than twiddly winks you need to plan...code stub generation from UML is more useful I would think. One thing that annoys me about a lot of tools I've used is that sometimes they force multiplicity on certain symbolic links. I hate that. If I want to include multiplicity it should be up to me.
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Posted 13 November 2010 - 04:33 AM

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One thing that annoys me about a lot of tools I've used is that sometimes they force multiplicity on certain symbolic links. I hate that. If I want to include multiplicity it should be up to me.


Quite an interesting point. The tool we use now is Together (Borland) which is certainly the most complete tool for modelling, but it's got some really pointless things, one of which is forcing multiplicity. This is one reason why we are hoping to replace it with this tool we're developing - because it's so complex just to get a "normal" diagram that the first years spend more time trying to learn the tool and not UML.
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Re: UML Modelling Tools Features

Posted 13 November 2010 - 06:16 PM

View PostBocard, on 12 November 2010 - 07:08 PM, said:

View PostNeoTifa, on 11 November 2010 - 11:40 PM, said:

Take my code and auto generate a UML so my professor will stop bitching. I come up with code on the fly. Who plans?


what do you use to auto-generate UML from code?


Paper and pencil :x
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Posted 14 November 2010 - 12:23 AM

View PostNeoTifa, on 14 November 2010 - 01:16 AM, said:

View PostBocard, on 12 November 2010 - 07:08 PM, said:

View PostNeoTifa, on 11 November 2010 - 11:40 PM, said:

Take my code and auto generate a UML so my professor will stop bitching. I come up with code on the fly. Who plans?


what do you use to auto-generate UML from code?


Paper and pencil :x

lol, how is that 'auto-generated'?
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Re: UML Modelling Tools Features

Posted 16 November 2010 - 09:45 AM

Exactly.....
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