Martin Fowler mentioned UMLet in his recent article on UmlSketchingTools which I blogged about earlier this week. A paper in which the authors (Auer et al, 2003) describe the ideas behind UMLet is very insightful and pretty much echoes my own experiences of over-blown UML tools in the teaching domain (and I’ve tried ArgoUML, Poseidon CE, Together and Rational Rose with variable — but mostly limited — success over the last three or four years).
I have to say that, although it currently only supports class, object and use-case diagrams, UMLet looks very promising and may well prove to be a winner in next year’s Software Engineering courses. Better yet, UMLet can be used as an Eclipse plugin!
- M. Auer, T. Schurtschenthaler, and S. Biffl (Vienna University of Technology), 2003.
- “[A Flyweight UML Modelling Tool for Software Development in Heterogeneous Environments”](http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/euromicro/2003/1996/00/19960267abs.htm), *29th Euromicro Conference (EUROMICRO’03)*, Sept. 01–06. Balek-Antayla, Turkey. Conference Proceedings Published by IEEE.