Breaking my Visio/Rose-less streak today

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.


About Jeremy Miller

Jeremy is the Chief Software Architect at Dovetail Software, the coolest ISV in Austin. Jeremy began his IT career writing "Shadow IT" applications to automate his engineering documentation, then wandered into software development because it looked like more fun. Jeremy is the author of the open source StructureMap tool for Dependency Injection with .Net, StoryTeller for supercharged acceptance testing in .Net, and one of the principal developers behind FubuMVC. Jeremy's thoughts on all things software can be found at The Shade Tree Developer at
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  • David Kemp

    I too share the “line things up” complex, and also the “why can’t I make it appear like that” complex. I prefer paper + pen/pencil any day.
    If you’re going to take a photo of a whiteboard, look at – they’ll make it all align for you – albeit emblazened with their logo.

  • Douglas Rohm

    I’m sure you might have tried this already, but have you taken a look at Enterprise Architect by Sparx Systems? I realize it’s not the ‘Minority Report’ type interface you’re looking for, but it sure beats Visio.

    Great site btw, I read it daily.


  • jmiller

    Strike that. Digital camera shot of the whiteboard and my very best handwriting.

  • jmiller

    Oracle *has* a diagramming tool?

  • Nick Parker

    At least it wasn’t diagramming within Oracle, their tools are horrible in my opinion for that. I too share your “must make diagram line up” complex. :-)