UML and Tools - Recommendation?

Flamesilver 101 Mar 29, 2011 at 17:04

What are some good free UML programs out there? Looking for something dead simple for just class diagrams and generating C++ code after the diagram is done.

I’ve been trying to put together a game engine (or dev system, whatever you wanna call it) based on this article: C++ is my language of choice - using DarkGDK for 3D and Fulcrum Physics (PhysX wrapper).

Since the engine system described in the article is very deep and complex, I’ve decided to use a UML class diagram to help. So far I’ve been using astah* community. My problem is that unless I upgrade to astah UML, I can’t get it to generate C++ code stubs later. Tried StarUML, which does generate C++ code for free. It’s still not bad, but not quite as simple as astah.

So, any suggestions?

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TheNut 179 Mar 30, 2011 at 03:31

I never tried free or open source solutions, so I can’t strongly recommend anything. StarUML looks to be a dead project, so it’s not something I would personally get attached to. If it does the job, I suppose you can stick with it. A list of UML software is presented on Wikipedia, but none of the free stuff looks promising.

Rational and (currently) Visual Paradigm are the top two tools I use. Both require a license, but VP has a free community edition which is limited to one diagram and no source export.

Mihail121 102 Mar 30, 2011 at 17:37

I use Visual Paradigm at work and like it very much. It has a free license as well. You can also check out the book “UML@Work”.