I had to break down and install Visio this afternoon to create some UML sequence diagrams to send to an overseas development partner tomorrow. That breaks a 3+ year streak without drawing a single UML diagram in any kind of modeling tool. I’m planning to promptly begin a new streak next week.
I can’t say that I have the slightest yearning to pick up Rational Rose or Visio again. Put me in front of a modeling tool and I go into some sort of zombie mode – “must make class diagram line up better.” I’m still waiting for a modeling tool with the “Minority Report” interface. Architecture and design isn’t real unless somebody is waving their arms about. Squinting at a Visio screen and fiddling with the mouse just doesn’t give me the same architect astronaut high I can get from waving markers in front of a whiteboard in a room with poor ventilation.