I just joined a research group that is about to embark on writing a big multi-physics code package. Before the programming gets so big it is unmanageable, I was thinking about best practices and similar things. In that process, I came across something called the "Unified Modeling Language" (UML).
Can anyone tell me whether UML is a good tool to have to help organize a project and keep things under control? Any experience, thoughts, suggestions?
Also, looking at a, cross platform, free, tool, that is good for C++. Ideally with reverse engineering and code generation. I came across Bouml, found ArgoUML. The former seems to support forward and reverse C++, the latter doesn't. Also, it seems that Visual Paradigm has a "Community Edition" that is free for non-commercial use. Then there are more on the Wikipedia page.
I would like to hear from users what they like and don't like. Looking for reviews here. Let me know your user experiences please.
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IDEs there is code:blocks, netbeans, eclipse and I’m sure more…
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I am using ArgoUML currently for modelling, i used Umbrello too, but i dont use it any more. As i need to convert my files to multiple formats, and Argo provide this option and Umbrello does not. I did a search for that some time ago. And found that there not much UML modelling softwares available for Linux. For time being i used Dia, which also works well. Both Dia and Ubmrello are available in YaST.
My vote is for code:blocks, if u are using it for C/C++. Netbeans is also great.
Personally i use Kate, which is easy to load and work. I don’t go for softwares with many features. I use which works better and easy to use with specaily load.
I always tough of UML as mainly documentation solution. UML diagrams are really good for high level view of code architecture, and if source file organization correspond to code logic, that’s most of what one need for easy project maintenance IMHO(of course the architecture should be good and code implementation readable, alto this things are kinda subjective ).
Also some form of advance build system, good documentation, no matter that for many programmers “documentation” is a dirty word are also good and desired features.
And I find for me, that for big(as code and as people involved) projects, code assistance from IDE is something very useful. On Linux I find useful only one IDE for that - KDevelop4(alto last time I check it was in beta).
P.S. Just to be sure I do not cause a confusion - UML as documentation is more like blueprint during development(alto it could find its way to “end user” documentation).
I personally found UML to not be as unified as the name indicates, people keep giving their own spin to it. Still, it’s better than nothing
I’ve used both Jude and Umbrello and preferred Umbrello myself.
I just noticed support has rather recently ended for Jude - signup required to access the downloads as well. Don’t know if they even have a ‘linux release’ I had it installed under Windows and ran the Jar from a mounted NTFS partition
I’ve already tried Netbeans, eclipse, kdevelop3, kdevelop4 and Qt Creator for C++.
Eclipse was much too slow for me. Netbeans looked good, but debugger support wasn’t as good as in kdevelop3/4. Qt Creator is very good and I think it’s much better than kdevelop3 but compared to semantic syntax highlighting with excellent C++ syntax parsing kdevelop4 in my opinion is even a bit better. Only real disadvantage is that it is in beta phase at the moment. So if you want something stable I would suggest to use Qt Creator for C++ programming.