G22.2440-001 - Spring
Business Process Management Related Technology
Open Source UML Tools:
- ArgoUML, a
free research modeling tool; fairly fully featured; the main goal is to
have a Really Useful user interface, unlike almost all existing CASE
tools; there is a commercial version of this tool that goes by the name
Poseidon and is marketed by a Gentleware; they offer a free community edition
as well as fancier editions that cost real money. Poseidon for UML has limitations, but has the
advantage of being freely available.
(Omondo) is a free plug-in for UML modeling in
- DIA, a freeware/GPL
drawing tool based on GTK; supports UML and other kinds of diagrams;
this is intended to be a freeware Visio-like drawing tool rather than a
modeling tool; DIA now comes standard with many Linux distributions.
a GPL modeling tool that runs under KDE and Linux. This tool supports
code generation as well as reverse engineering (code to UML) for C++ and
- Violet, a very simple GPL
drawing tool written by Cay Horstmann. All of
the comments on UMLet below apply to Violet,
as it is pure Java (single jar file) and very simple to use/learn.
- UMLet, a
small, very simple, and easy-to-use drawing tool (as opposed to a fully
fledged modeling tool) from the Technical University of Vienna. It is
free for educational and non-commercial use. While it is pure Java, the
jar file is so small (v1.0 is less than 60K) that it should run well for
most people. This tool will not scale up to heavyweight modeling of
- ObjecteeringUML (Windows/Linux)
- PoseidonUML (Java - cross platform)
- ProxyDesigner (Windows)
- JUG - Java UML Generator http://jug.sourceforge.net/
- UML Modeller
(KDE app for Linux) http://sourceforge.net/projects/uml/
- UML Library for Java http://sourceforge.net/projects/nsuml/
- Quick UML for Java http://sourceforge.net/projects/quj/
- UML Sculptor http://sourceforge.net/projects/umlsculptor/
Commercial UML Tools:
- IBM Design and construction tools, the best known
UML tools (e.g., Rational Rose Technical Developer). These tools are unfortunately rather expensive. It is possible to
obtain 15 day trial downloads of some of the IBM design and construction tools on that same page.
- Visual Paradigm for
- Visio (MicrosoftVisio) designed to be a top notch
commercial drawing tool, rather than a reverse engineering or modeling
tool per se; that is, the tool/stencil lets you draw vanilla pictures
that look like UML but doesn't give you fancy cross referencing between
diagrams. The disadvantage of Visio is that it does not provide syntax
checking for diagrams, so it is possible to draw diagrams that are not
- Jude, a free UML tool that
seems to be available in English and Japanese. The authors intend to
create a "plus" version for which they will charge money,
while keeping the basic (fairly fully featured) version free (July
- Together Designer 2006, a commercial tool; pure Java; full version can
be had for free for academic use.
- Cetus (see below also) has an excellent page on OOA/OOD tools,
including (ahem) a link back to this page.
- gModeler is a free online tool for drawing
UML class diagrams. It's written in FlashMX.
is meant to be a competitor for Visio (i.e., it is a drawing
tool rather than a modeling tool).
is a "forward" engineering tool for editing design of methods.
It claims to be both a CASE and a meta-CASE tool in that you can plug in
your own subcomponenets. It supports UML plus
several other notations. It runs on Win32 and several Unices, and the Linux version is "free for
non-commercial use" (October, 2003).
Component Architect specializes in UML support to aid in
component-based design (CBD) and business system design. Apparently,
this tool suite has been around for over 10 years; previous names
include Select Enterprise and Select OMT Professional (August 2003).
- Visual Paradigm for the Unified
Modeling Language (VP-UML) is a UML CASE suite that supports Java
is a MacOS-X application for drawing sequence
from Kennedy-Carter provides "Intelligent
support for Executable UML" and runs on NT and Unix. A free
"lite" version is available.
- WinA&D from Excel Software claim to be the
only fully compliant UML tools for both Win and Mac platforms; their
translator tools can generate UML class models from C++, Java or Object
- HAT (HOORA Analysis
Tool) provides support for UML using the HOORA process, and claims
to support Rose model imports, automatic diagrams (static model, dynamic
model, package summary), requirements management and traceability,
hierarchy support, dictionary support, Word documentation generation,
C++ code generation, COM interface, and more.
claims to support full UML; written in pure Java; demo downloadable.
- Visual UML.
- Enterprise Architect (http://www.sparxsystems.com.au/).
Articles and White Papers on UML:
Modeling with Rational Rose 2000 and UML, (288 pages)
Terry Quatrani, Addison Wesley, 2000.
Using UML Student Manual, Rational University, IBM (Rational
- Object-Oriented Analysis and Design, Robert V. Stumpf and Lavette C. Teague, Jr., 2003
of Object-Oriented Design in UML, (458 pages) Meiler Page-Jones, Addison Wesley, 2000.
Unified Modeling Language User Guide, (482 pages) G. Booch, J. Rumbaugh and I. Jakobson, Addison Wesley, 1998.
Unified Modeling Language Reference Manual, (550 pages)
J. Rumbaugh, I. Jakobson
and G. Booch, Addison Wesley, 1998.
Also available in PDF
format (online browsing version, not printable)
Rational Unified Process, An Introduction,
(320 pages) Philippe Kruchten, Addison Wesley,
- R. Martin, Agile Software
Development, Principles, Patterns, and Practices, Prentice
Hall, 2002 (ISBN: 0-135-97444-5).
- C. Atkinson et al, Component-Based
Product Line Engineering with UML, Addison-Wesley, 2001,
- A. Cockburn, Writing Effective
Use Cases, Addison
- M. Fowler and K. Scott, UML Distilled: A
Brief Guide to the Standard Object Modeling Language, 2nd Edition, Addison Wesley,
- I. Jacobson, G. Booch, and J. Rumbaugh, Unified Software
Development Process, Addison Wesley, 1999, (ISBN:
- S. Schach, Introduction to
Object-Oriented Analysis and Design,
McGraw-Hill, 2003, (ISBN: 0-072-82646-0).
Franchitti, <jcf (followed by @, then cs, then a dot, then nyu, then a dot, and then edu)>
modified: Fri. Nov. 21 04:31:18 EDT 2008