Friday, February 09, 2007

Star UML Design Tool

Ok, I downloaded the Star UML Design tool. Looks like an open source UML tool. Sounds promising. I'll give it a review in a bit.

As far as basic modeling tools go, this is the most easy to work with, simple to understand and fastest startup time. I've used this to generate a myriad of Use Case Diagrams, Activity Diagrams and Sequence Diagrams. Not reviewed yet is Star UML's Code Generation capabilities which look pretty straightforward.

One thing a bit confusing to a UML/MDA beginner is the "New Project By Approach" window where you have to select which UML approach you want to use. This basically means how the different types of diagrams will be organized. You have the option of selecting the 4+1 View Model, the Rational Approach, the UML Components Approach or the Default Approach.

I recommend just using the Default Approach unless you are familiar other standard UML approaches.