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re: Do developers still need UML? VIEW POST

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re: Hi, Rafal. It's a good subject to discuss. I've some opinions about it: I think UML is a good way to understand complex domains and software arch...
 

Regarding the point of maintaining both the documentation and the UML diagrams, aren't there program which will autogenerate/update the UML based on code changes? As well as generate the entire "scaffolding" of classes and functions specified by the UML (can't remember that right word… boilerplate code?)?
If yes, do they work in practice, or are they more trouble than the benefit they provide?

 

In my previous work I was using Enterprise Architect (EA). This tool has ability both to generate code based on UML class diagram and to generate class diagram based on written code. My team went even further and one of us has written a custom plugin to EA which produce documentation based on defined template. Generated in such a way documents were sending to our customers and subcontractors.

Documentation was generated fully automatically. It looked nice and its update was super easy. I only needed to update documentation in code. Unfortunately this plugin didn't apply to behavior diagrams. Of course developer needed remember to update documentation in code and generate the documentation.

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