Design and modeling tools?

What do you guys use for design and modeling (and don't answer pen and paper, because I use those to, they just don't look so good in a project report :wink: )

I have tried stuff like UMLet (free), Altova UMLsomething (pay), dia (no comprende :wink: ), NetBeans UML (slow). But none worked just the way I wanted them to.

Any suggestions?

Christian...

What do you guys use for design and modeling (and don't answer pen and paper, because I use those to, they just don't look so good in a project report :wink: )

I have tried stuff like UMLet (free), Altova UMLsomething (pay), dia (no comprende :wink: ), NetBeans UML (slow). But none worked just the way I wanted them to.

Any suggestions?

I'm thinking your probably not on a mac, but if you are...

You are right, I'm not. But all the good apps are on Mac so I'm considering converting. Or at least try to get osx loaded on my desktop :wink:

Christian...

OK, I won't say pen and paper. But I really believe in this:

http://www.agilemodeling.com/principles.htm#SoftwareIsYourPrimaryGoal

and this:

http://www.agilemodeling.com/principles.htm#ContentIsMoreImportantThanRepresentation

and especially this:

http://www.agilemodeling.com/principles.htm#TravelLight

and this:

http://www.agilemodeling.com/practices.htm#UseTheSimplestTools

Designs and models should be thrown away after they've served their purpose of helping you to create working software. It's too much trouble to keep them updated, and nobody cares anyway.

If you have to prepare reports for PHB's or whatever, then I guess you need whiz-bang tools and gizmos. Too bad.

It's a school project, so I need to send them in for review :expressionless:

Christian...

What do you mean just the way you wanted?

there's quite a few plugins/gems, if you google "rails and UML":

http://blog.zmok.net/articles/2006/11/13/visualize-your-rails-schema http://staruml.sourceforge.net/en/

+1 on the wacom tablet, or even better, a tablet-pc.

Brian Hogan wrote:

+1 on the wacom tablet, or even better, a tablet-pc.

Or, if you're into working "offline", I'd recommend the DigiMemo from Acecad.

Cheers, Mohit. 10/5/2007 | 3:11 PM.

For drawing the UML diagrams I'm always using Enterprise Architect (7.0 b817 right now). It's very stable, very intuitive and very professional tool. Only one thing - it's not free, so you gotta to use it in trial mode for 30 days or just buy it. :slight_smile: