What are some good free UML programs out there? Looking for something dead simple for just class diagrams and generating C++ code after the diagram is done.
I've been trying to put together a game engine (or dev system, whatever you wanna call it) based on this article: http://www.devmaster.net/articles/oo-game-design/ C++ is my language of choice - using DarkGDK for 3D and Fulcrum Physics (PhysX wrapper).
Since the engine system described in the article is very deep and complex, I've decided to use a UML class diagram to help. So far I've been using astah* community. My problem is that unless I upgrade to astah UML, I can't get it to generate C++ code stubs later. Tried StarUML, which does generate C++ code for free. It's still not bad, but not quite as simple as astah.
So, any suggestions?
I never tried free or open source solutions, so I can't strongly recommend anything. StarUML looks to be a dead project, so it's not something I would personally get attached to. If it does the job, I suppose you can stick with it. A list of UML software is presented on Wikipedia, but none of the free stuff looks promising.
Rational and (currently) Visual Paradigm are the top two tools I use. Both require a license, but VP has a free community edition which is limited to one diagram and no source export.
I use Visual Paradigm at work and like it very much. It has a free license as well. You can also check out the book ["UML@Work"](mailto:"UML@Work").