1/4/2006 - Excel Software began shipping QuickUML 2.0 for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. QuickUML is an intuitive UML tool, well suited to agile development methods or extreme programming. A tabbed window provides tight integration and synchronization to the entire project through use cases, class models, object models, dictionary and code. Each use case captures the essence of a user-visible function the system must perform. Class models show package and class objects in the system and various kinds of static relationships. Sequence diagrams illustrate how instantiated objects interact and emphasize the order in which things occur. A design project is saved as a platform independent XML file.
QuickUML 2.0 adds user interface enhancements, new online help and code generation for several object-oriented programming languages. C++, Java and Delphi code can be generated from objects in the class model using the Windows, Mac OS X or Linux edition. The Mac OS X edition also supports Objective-C. A project can use multiple programming languages since the language can be selected for each class object.
QuickUML implements a very lightweight approach for generating code from the UML model. The generated code includes class declaration and implementation files with stubbed out class operations. Its lightweight in the sense that it takes just minutes to learn, no formal training is required and with little additional effort the modeling process yields a good starting point for your code implementation.
QuickUML implements a tightly integrated environment where changes are reflected throughout the model to streamline the design process. Use case entries and diagram objects link directly to code files for easy navigation and traceability. Diagrams can be copied to other applications or exported as image files. For larger projects, design namespaces can be used to partition use cases and models or to separate generated code files into different folders.
QuickUML class models are generated from source code using WinTranslator on Windows or MacTranslator on Macintosh. These tools scan C++, Java, Delphi or Objective-C code to extract design information to a text file thatıs imported into QuickUML to generate diagrams. This makes existing code easier to understand and reuse.
QuickUML 2.0 for Windows, Mac OS X or Linux are each priced at $295 for a Single User License. Site licensing information, product descriptions and online ordering are available at www.excelsoftware.com. Established in 1985, Excel Software provides tools to thousands of Windows, Macintosh and Linux developers worldwide.
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