Altova Delivers on UML 2.1

Altova demonstrated a new version of its UModel 2007, which displays the full UML 2.1.1 compatibility, at VSLive! San Francisco 2007.

VSLive! San Francisco 2007 exhibitor Altova demonstrated at the show a new version of its UModel 2007 UML modeling tool, displaying full the UML 2.1.1 compatibility. UModel has a number of features that make developing a UML model and producing an application from the model easy and productive.

Specifically, UModel lets you select the diagram type that you want to build, and it automatically changes the menu to only the selections that apply to the specified model. UModel also lets you turn a UML model into either C# or Java code. Further, you can make changes to the generated code and round-trip it back into the model. You can even can take existing source code or binaries and convert them into UML diagrams. These diagrams can then be used to regenerate source code to effectively implement the same components again.

Altova has a number of other developer tools, including XMLSpy, the classic XML editor, and DatabaseSpy, the multi-database query and design tool. These tools help you work with databases, implement XML and XML access to databases, build Semantic Web structures, and model and generate applications.

According to David McGahey, product manager for UModel, while the product supports both C# and Java code generation, the company does not track which language or development platform is more popular. "The vast majority of our sales come from Web site downloads," he said. "We don't have a way of tracking what UModel is being used for."

While UModel does not currently integrate into Visual Studio, Altova is a Microsoft Visual Studio Integration Partner (VSIP), and XMLSpy currently plugs into Visual Studio using the VSIP interface. McGahey said that a future version of UModel will have the same integration.

About the Author

Peter Varhol is the executive editor, reviews of Redmond magazine and has more than 20 years of experience as a software developer, software product manager and technology writer. He has graduate degrees in computer science and mathematics, and has taught both subjects at the university level.

comments powered by Disqus


  • AI for GitHub Collaboration? Maybe Not So Much

    No doubt GitHub Copilot has been a boon for developers, but AI might not be the best tool for collaboration, according to developers weighing in on a recent social media post from the GitHub team.

  • Visual Studio 2022 Getting VS Code 'Command Palette' Equivalent

    As any Visual Studio Code user knows, the editor's command palette is a powerful tool for getting things done quickly, without having to navigate through menus and dialogs. Now, we learn how an equivalent is coming for Microsoft's flagship Visual Studio IDE, invoked by the same familiar Ctrl+Shift+P keyboard shortcut.

  • .NET 9 Preview 3: 'I've Been Waiting 9 Years for This API!'

    Microsoft's third preview of .NET 9 sees a lot of minor tweaks and fixes with no earth-shaking new functionality, but little things can be important to individual developers.

  • Data Anomaly Detection Using a Neural Autoencoder with C#

    Dr. James McCaffrey of Microsoft Research tackles the process of examining a set of source data to find data items that are different in some way from the majority of the source items.

  • What's New for Python, Java in Visual Studio Code

    Microsoft announced March 2024 updates to its Python and Java extensions for Visual Studio Code, the open source-based, cross-platform code editor that has repeatedly been named the No. 1 tool in major development surveys.

Subscribe on YouTube