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…

http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnigraffle/

On 4 Okt, 11:02, Philip H. [email protected] wrote:

I’m thinking your probably not on a mac, but if you are…

http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnigraffle/

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…

On 10/4/07, Christian Wattengård [email protected] wrote:

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: )

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.

Christian Wattengård wrote:

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…

Honestly, pen and paper! It just works and its easy. You could scan them
in if you need to have them in digital format.

Otherwise, I have a Wacom digital drawing tablet that I will use on
occasion. For quick SQL modeling I typically use
http://ondras.praha12.net/sql/demo/, but usually just paper :wink:

On Oct 4, 2:42 pm, “Bob S.” [email protected] wrote:

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.

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

Christian…

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

Christian Wattengård wrote:

What do you guys use for design and modeling

I kind of like Power*Architect (free and powerful), but I’m good at
visualizing schemas in my head, so generally I just do that.

On Oct 3, 11:44 pm, Christian Wattengård [email protected]
wrote:

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/

Brian H. 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: