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developers tools, (Rational Rose / Visio)

 
Peter Primrose
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Hi there,
I'm developing a struts application and it started to grow rapidly. I wonder if anyone has ever used Rational Rose /or Visio to model their classes. Exactly what are those software are modeling? is it just to learn a schema?

I'm using eclipse as my primary IDE, dbDesigner to view the db schema and SVN (subclipse), I wonder what other tools developers are using to facilitate their work so they can better understand their system.

thanks for any pointers.
[ October 07, 2007: Message edited by: Peter Primrose ]
 
Tim Holloway
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Visio has this unfortunate habit of trying to force my project from Java into Visual Basic. I got into a real fight with it while trying to do UML diagrams back several years ago.

I haven't used Rational - too pricey for me - but I've used the reverse engineering abilities of the open-souce ArgoUML tool once or twice.

For Struts apps, I never felt the need to diagram the Struct class objects - since the most complex app I ever did was still well-defined enough to manage. However ORM data models are less orderly, so I've found them to be good candidates for graphing.

You might want to look at the Eclipse Modelling Framework (EMF). I've yet to gain any traction on it, but hope to do so eventually.
 
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