Demonstrations

8 QuickUML: a tool to support iterative design and code development

Tuesday, 28 October – 12:00-12:45

Wednesday, 29 October – 16:00-16:45

Carl Alphonce, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, University at Buffalo, SUNY, alphonce@cse.buffalo.edu
Phil Ventura, Dept. of Computer Science & Engineering, University at Buffalo, SUNY, pventura@cse.buffalo.edu

We demonstrate QuickUML, a freely available tool which supports iterative design and code development by providing facilities to draw UML class diagrams, to generate Java code from such diagrams, and also to automatically generate a UML class diagram from a collection of Java source code files.

We developed the tool for use by students in our introductory object-oriented courses. We found existing tools inappropriate due to slow graphics and complex user interfaces. QuickUML is now used in several courses from freshman to senior level.

The demonstration will show QuickUML's various features, including how to draw diagrams, how to generate code from diagrams and how to generate a diagram Java source code. The ability to move between source code and diagrams facilitates the use of an iterative design-and-code software development process.

Our experience is that when students have a tool which allows them to easily express their designs at a high level and frees them from the tedium of repeatedly coding fundamental relationships they begin to think of coding in terms of the higher-level constructs. This in turn allows us to focus more on issues of object-oriented design and less on issues of syntax.

Educators or trainers teaching or using object-orientation in their courses can use QuickUML to support iterative design-and-code development.