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Any tools that help to get the big picture

 
Jenna Thomas
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Hello,

I am new to Enterprise java programming so, I thought of asking this group: Are there any good tools for reverse engineering?

Im trying to get the big picture (in terms of code flows) of a project that I just got in. THe project mostly involves maintenance now but I would like to understand the big picture of course.

What are the best tools to "reverse engineer" the code? My idea would be something like a tool (preferably open source) that can create sequence diagrams(even if the project involves MDBs) or atleast class diagrams.

I work in Eclipse so the ideal tool would be a plugin in eclipse. But Id like to hear from this group whats worked for them(a particular analysis process for eg?)

thank you!
 
Campbell Ritchie
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I think that is too difficult a question for "beginning", so I shall move it.
 
Wim Vanni
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I have used a few tools to reverse engineer code but know of none in Eclipse. Here's what I have used:

- Borland Together
- Enterprise Architect
- Visual Paradigm

Most of the times you'd go for Class Diagrams. I'm not sure if other models can be achieved with the reverse engineering in these tools.

Good luck!
Wim
 
Vishwanath Krishnamurthi
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Hi Jenna,
Green UML is neat eclipse plugin. One other choice would be Architexa
Apart from reverse engineering to get class or sequence diagrams, also consider writing unit / functional tests. It helps to understand a project faster

Vishwa
 
Jenna Thomas
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These seem like solid leads to look into. Thank you for replying!
 
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