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Friday – Programming in pure unadulterated C Today

Today I have the pleasure in programming in pure & unadulterated C, there is something really refreshing about the clean and minimal elegance of the language and its associated design principles, especially considering the weight of baggage the software engineering discipline has gathered of late – not bad for a rainy Friday!

UML Design Package Options

I have been at software design for quite a while now and UML has been my constant companion for a good part of this time. Whenever I think of UML I think how great it is for helping with software design, but also how more or less uinversely rubbish most of the UML design applications are.

 

I have used tonnes of them, the big and expensive ones, the small funky ones and the in between ones and they all have their problems. I especially hate the ones that require at least 100 mouse clicks and popup options screens to get anything done, they are a real RSI minefield! Sometimes I think you would be better off with a pen and paper…

 

Every so often I go and on the hunt for new or improved offerings, testing them on real projects. This all takes time and I haven’t gone on such a hunt for 2 years now – So could anybody please recommend what they think is the best UML package out there at the moment and hopefully save me some time?

 

Here are some of the things I would like from a design app:

 
  • Efficient user interface, the less clunky context menus and mouse clicks the better!
  • Not tied to any particular programming language
  • Affordable (open source would be great!)
  • Standards Compliant (no renaming or reinventing of bits of the UML)
  • Easy to copy diagrams out into other documents
  • Good support for the different diagram types
 

Oh also, are there any decent cloud offerings?

 

Cheers – looking forward to hear your suggestions!