Last-Modified: 13 Oct 2002
This is the monthly "frequently asked questions" (FAQ) posting on
Computer-Aided Software Engineering (CASE) tools:
ECMA Reference Model
Other sources of information
Configuration management and problem tracking tools
CASE tools for object-oriented design and analysis
CASE tools for educational use
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Subject: ECMA Reference Model
Date: 8 Jul 1996
Originally collected by: ant@hpfcbig.SDE.HP.COM (Anthony Earl)
The European Computer Manufacturer's Association (ECMA) adopted TR/55,
"Reference Model for Frameworks of Software Engineering Environments", 2nd
edition, in December of 1991; NIST and ECMA produced a revision in August 1993.
In Europe, it's available for free from
The European Computer Manufacturers Association
114 Rue du Rhone
Tel: +41 22 735 36 34
Fax: +41 22 786 52 31
In the United States, it is for sale by the National Institute of Standards and
Technology as NIST Special Publication 500-211, and also via anonymous FTP to
site nemo.ncsl.nist.gov as pub/isee/publications/sp.500-211.ps.Z. Contact:
the Superintendent of Documents,
US Government Printing Office,
Washington DC 20402.
There is a reference model of end-user services for software engineering
environments (e.g., requirements, design, code, test, tracing, planning,
publications, plus about 50 others) called the Project Support Environment
Reference Model that was developed by the PSESWG (Project Support Environment
Standards Working Group). It is also a NIST special publication, SSP 500-213,
and is also available via anonymous FTP to site nemo.ncsl.nist.gov as
Subject: Other sources of information
Date: 8 Apr 1995
Brad Myers (Brad.Myers@cs.cmu.edu) maintains a list of user interface software
tools (available using the World-Wide Web via URL
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/afs/cs.cmu.edu/user/bam/www/toolnames.html), which are
tools that can help to create the user interface part of the software.
There is a Hypercard stack that you can get by anonymous FTP from the info-
mac/card directory at sumex-aim.stanford.edu. The version 1.1 runs under
various Hypercard versions including 2.0v2 on newer Macs:
-rw-r--r-- 1 macmod 286168 Jan 29 12:13 case-products-11.hqx
A short companion report (about 60 pp. including tool signal info and my view
of why and where this market is going) can be obtained from GMD; Western US
office is: GMD, 1942 University Ave. #207, Berkeley CA 94704.)
Heinz W. Schmidt email@example.com
[edsr!bigdaddy!cdm@uunet.UU.NET (Clifford D. Morrison) did a search with Archie
and points out that this file isn't available at sumex anymore; possible
locations follow. A file with a .Z ending usually means you need to retrieve
it in binary/image mode and run it through UNIX 'uncompress':
Host wuarhive.wustl.edu (22.214.171.124) Location: /mirrors2/info-mac/Old/card
FILE rw-r--r-- 248003 Jun 30 1991 case-products-11.hqx.Z
Host utsun.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp (126.96.36.199) Location: /Mac/info-mac/card
FILE rw-rw-r-- 286168 Feb 12 10:39 case-products-11.hqx
See also the Mar. 1, 1992 issue of Datamation. There are over 400 products
listed for different purposes and platforms. Entries in the listing describe
Company, Product, Product Type, and Operating System. Some of the product
types are: Structured Analysis, Planning and Design, Strategic Planning,
Analysis and Design, User Interface Konstruction, DBMS Design, Design,
Prototyping, Project Management, Verification, Validation, (Data) Modeling,
Simulation , Diagramming, Methodology, Software Metrics and Static Analysis,
Configuration and Release Management, Project Management, Maintenance, Code
Generation, Restructuring and Reverse Engineering, Performance, Testing.
Subject: Configuration management and problem tracking tools
Date: 8 Apr 1995
This FAQ used to contain information on configuration management and problem
tracking tools. With the advent of newsgroup comp.software.config-mgmt, it's
more appropriate to go looking in its FAQs (available using the World-Wide Web
via URL http://www.iac.honeywell.com/Pub/Tech/CM/).
Subject: CASE tools for object-oriented design and analysis
Date: 4 Jun 2002
Originally collected by: firstname.lastname@example.org (Sherri Calvo)
Berard Object & Class Specifier (BOCS) by Berard Software Engineering (see
BOCS is an object-oriented analysis and design CASE tool for developing
models of software & business systems and their underlying objects
(classes, parameterized classes, and instances of classes). BOCS is used
to create programming language independant specifications, then
automatically generate formatted documentation combining text and graphics
into popular publishing packages. BOCS also provides code generation for
C++ and Smalltalk. The traceability tool allows users to trace
requirements to design and code. BOCS runs on Microsoft Windows 3.1 (TM).
$595 per copy. - [email@example.com (Russell Hopler)]
Bridgepoint by Project Technology, Inc. (see vendor list).
The BridgePoint tool suite is an integrated set of automation tools
specifically designed to support the Shlaer-Mellor Method of Object-
Oriented Analysis and Recursive Design through a detailed understanding of
the underlying formalism. The Model Builder allows easy capture of a
complete set of integrated Shlaer-Mellor OOA models. The Model Verifier
increases final system quality through simulated execution with model
debugging, completeness audits, model interpretation, controlled execution
rates and execution logging. The Generator reduces hand-coding and enables
design reuse through a pattern-based capture of system design and automatic
code generation from OOA models. - [text supplied by vendor]
Cadre Teamwork (see http://www.cs.queensu.ca/Software-
Engineering/blurb/cadre.html) by Cadre Technologies, Inc (see vendor list).
Associated with Project Technology. ObjectTeam for Shlaer/Mellor, Rumbaugh.
Ada structure graphs (Booch/Buhr).
714-496-8670 IPSYS ToolBuilder
Clyder by Sema Group (see vendor list).
An object-oriented requirements engineering method, trying to combine rigour
and usability. Main characteristics: few notations, native object-
orientedness, ability to range from informal but structured specifications
to fully formal ones, formal semantics, sophisticated semantic checks, etc.
Demo Windows tool at http://osiris.sunderland.ac.uk/sst/case/clyder20.zip.
GDpro by Advanced Software Technologies, Inc. (see vendor list).
(Formerly Graphical Designer) UML visual modeling tool for collaborative
development of Java, EJB, C++ and IDL code. Features include: markerless
round-trip engineering; inter-model synchronization; Web system reports;
VBA customization; best-of-breed lifecycle tool integrations; and Rose
import. Download a full-featured free evaluation copy at
http://www.gdpro.com/ - [Monica Clancy <firstname.lastname@example.org>]
HOW by Riverton Software (see vendor list).
A component modeling tool and deployment framework for building business
applications in Visual Basic, Java, or PowerBuilder.
ICONIX PowerTools by ICONIX Software Engineering Inc. (see vendor list).
A suite of ten integrated multi-user analysis and design tools for Object-
Oriented and Structured development. The company also offers an
interactive CD-ROM training course in O-O methods.
Ideogramic UML (see http://www.ideogramic.com/products) by Ideogramic (see
A UML CASE tool with traditional features, e.g. the most important diagram
types, XMI, printing, and reverse engineering, but with a user interface
based on a quite different interaction principle: Instead of tool bars and
menus, it uses gestural interaction somewhat like the way letters are drawn
on a Palm Pilot. This makes it really easy and efficient to use, and
uniquely also allows for use on a large electronic whiteboard and on Tablet
PC's. - [text supplied by vendor]
iUML (see http://www.kc.com/html/products/iuml/iuml.html) by Kennedy Carter
Ltd. (see vendor list).
Allows users to construct, execute and generate code from UML models. Runs
on Windows and Unix.
MetaEdit by MetaCase Consulting OY (see vendor list).
A metaCASE tool that supports most available Object-Oriented, structured and
Business Process Re-engineering methods. It generates Smalltalk and C++ as
well as Java, Delphi and SQL. With the MetaEdit Method Workbench method
support and code generation can be extended. A variety of platforms are
supported. Educational licenses can also be obtained.
Methods Workbench by ISDE Metasoft Ltd. (see vendor list).
Formerly known as Virtual Software Factory (VSF). A meta-CASE configurable
tool incorporating a KBS.
Object Domain by Dirk Vermeersch (see vendor list).
A shareware object-oriented analysis and design CASE tool for Windows 3.1.
It is a full implementation of the Booch notation (from Object Oriented
Analysis and Design with applications, second edition. by Grady Booch).
All six diagrams (class, object, module, state, process, and interaction)
can be entered in this tool. C++ stubs and module hierarchy can be
generated from the diagrams. Available via anonymous FTP to site
oak.oakland.edu as /SimTel/win3/pgmtools/domain.zip
ObjecTime Developer (see http://www.objectime.com/) by ObjecTime Ltd. (see
ObjecTime Developer enables software developers to build applications using
component-based visual design models. TotalCode (tm) application generation
automatically generates complete C and C++ executables for UNIX, NT and a
variety of real-time operating systems directly from system or component
models. Application generation of fully or partially complete designs, plus
animated visual and symbolic debuggers, encourage early and continuous
design refinement and validation. - [text supplied by vendor]
ObjectMaker (a/k/a Adagen) by Mark V Systems, Ltd. (see vendor list).
Runs under Windows, X11, VMS (Mac under development). Support for OMT
(Rumbaugh et al), Booch, Coad-Yourdon, and other object-oriented and
structured methods. Tailorable for new (and combinations of existing)
methods. Code generation and reverse engineering for Ada, C/C++ (others
planned). Generation of diagrams from the repository. Support for process
modeling notations. Interoperation with other tools via DDE, OLE, TCP/IP,
etc. - [email@example.com (Don Dwiggins)]
Objectory Support Environment by Objectory Corporation (see vendor list).
A configurable object-oriented analysis and design tool for large teams.
Supports analysis and design activities according to Jacobson`s use case
driven development approach (Object-Oriented Software Engineering - A use
case driven approach, by Jacobson et al, published by Addison-Wesley
1992.). Team support through central repository, and can also be integrated
with Configuration Management tools. Generates C++, Smalltalk, Corba/IDL
and more. Available for Windows, Windows NT, OS/2, SunOS, Solaris, AIX, HP-
UX. Current version (as of January 1995) is 3.5, with 3.6 due on June 15,
OMW/Kappa by IntelliCorp (see vendor list).
An O-O development environment for client/server applications, based on the
OOAtool by Object International, Inc. (see vendor list).
Runs under Windows, Mac, and X11. Supports methodology in Peter Coad's books
"Object-Oriented Analysis" and "Object-Oriented Design".
(OO Documentation Tool); once called OoaToolFree Rel 1.06f (for win 3.1).
Supports Coad's OOA/OOD, Jacobson OOSE (parts) and Finite State Machine
notation (a subset of SDL) and C++ header file generation. Free for
Students, $70 home users, $170 site licese for 5 users for others. e-mail:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Archived by Simon Stobart at
Paradigm Plus by Platinum Technology, Inc. (see vendor list).
An object-oriented analysis and design tool that supports Enterprise
Component Modeling (ECM), code generation, and reverse engineering.
Supports all leading OO methods, incorporates a distributed object
repository for large teams of concurrent users, and automaticly
synchronizes models, source code, and documentation. Available on most PC
and UNIX platforms.
Paradigm Plus / EVB Edition by EVB Software Engineering, Inc. (see vendor
Supports the EVB Ada Object Oriented Development (AOOD) methodology. Can be
configured to support other methods. Has Ada code generation.
by Proxysource.com (see vendor list).
ProxyDesigner is a free PC-based, UML design tool with an easy to learn and
use user interface, support for full hard-copy print-outs of designs, and
extensive built-in formatting, alignment, and layout functions.
ProxyDesigner allows developers to graphically create complex UML software
designs, patterns, and architectures. Completed or in-process designs to be
published to the web, where users can share and discuss their designs with
other developers on-line. - [text supplied by vendor]
Rational Rose by Rational (see vendor list).
Supports Booch methodology. Available for SunOS, AIX, MS Windows, OS/2.
StP Product Family by Aonix (see vendor list).
The Aonix StP product family consists of a component-based modeling approach
for OO and Structured Modeling. Training is available for all products on-
site or off-site. The family includes the following products: StP/UML - for
UML-based, Object-Oriented development; StP/SE - for Structured
Environments methods, including DeMarco and Yourdon; StP/IM - for
Information Modeling methods, including Bachman and Chen.
System Architect by Popkin Software & Systems (see vendor list).
Supports ER diagrams, Booch methodology for Ada and C++, Coad/Yourdon.
Diagram editor checks for consistency and rule violations. Runs under MS-
Unirel Openlook Toolkit by Unirel (see vendor list).
An Eiffel wrapper for Xlib. US $2000
WinA&D/Mac&D by Excel Software (see vendor list).
Supports UML, along with system analysis, software design and code
generation; integrates with HTML documents.
With Class by MicroGold Software Inc. (see vendor list).
A Case Tool for Windows 3.1, 95/NT that supports UML, Booch, Rumbaugh,
Shlaer-Mellor and Coad-Yourdon. It reverse engineers C++, Java, Visual
Basic, and Delphi. It can generate most OO languages through its scripting
capabilities, can reverse engineer relational databases and can OLE paste
into Word and other OLE compatible documents.
Some diagram editors support drawing conventions of various OO methodologies.
They typically don't have facilities that depend on the semantics of the
diagram, such as checking and code generation, but may have other virtues.
Robochart (see http://www.csn.net/digins/) by Digital Insight (see vendor
Interactive diagram editor for OPEN LOOK & Motif ($850); Does hierarchical
ERDs, dataflows, etc. Educational discounts. Free evaluation copy via web
page or via anonymous FTP to site ftp.csn.org as digins.
SDDGen by Trident Systems Inc. (see vendor list).
SDDGen is a graphical design tool for capturing, organizing and communicating
software design information. SDDGen allows the software designer to select
(or create) a design style, including several varieties of OO; create
language-independent schematics of his/her software design, including
annotations and (if desired) compile-ready code; and produce multiple
products from the design, including formal design reports, slide
presentations, and code outlines. A templating language supports the
creation of additional design products, while a design library allows reuse
of design information from project to project. Multi-user features allow
configuration control during multiple simultaneous design sessions. SDDGen
runs on Solaris, SunOS, HP/UX, and Irix. A single node, multi-user license
costs $1,195.00. - [email@example.com (Mike Casey)]
Visual Thought by Confluent, Inc. (see vendor list).
A multipurpose UNIX diagramming & flowcharting tool supporting various
software diagramming notations (including Booch, Rumbaugh, HP Fusion,
Jacobson's Use Case, ER), as well as mixed and custom notations. It also
draws general diagrams, including flowcharts (with all standard flowchart
shapes), network diagrams, and circuit/logic diagrams for presentation and
documentation graphics. Confluent offers a free evaluation CD-ROM; see
Subject: CASE tools for educational use
Date: 3 Mar 1997
Originally collected by: firstname.lastname@example.org (Hal Render)
Teamwork by Cadre Technologies, Inc (see vendor list).
It runs on SUN, ULTRIX, VMS, HP, APOLLO, OS2, etc, with X window support on
most of the platforms with more to come soon (including some low-cost PC X
emulators. [from cadreri!sat@Sun.COM (Scott A. Trachtenberg)]
We have been using for the past few years the following two tools: (Schemacode
International Inc (see vendor list))
SCHEMACODE: automatically translates schematic pseudocode design into source
code. Works for most programming language except ADA. Available on PC, soon
on UNIX. Educational licence 250$ + 50$ per PC. IEEE Computer had a good
report on this tool. Sometime last fall.
DATRIX: a tool for software quality assessment on PC and UNIX machines. Works
for C, FORTRAN and PASCAL. Measures up to 40 metrics and provides a unique
representation of the control flow, which is useful for testing, program
understanding, and program evaluation. Expensive; educational licence for
500$, including up to 10 workstations.
We have been using these tools for the past three years in 4th year undergrad
and grad soft.eng. courses Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal.
[from email@example.com (P. N. Robillard)]
ToolBuilder (formerly TBK) by IPSYS Software Plc (see vendor list).
It provides meta-tools (design editors, structure editors) a single
underlying ERA database (supporting fine structure) and a uniform UI based on
Motif. Tools exist for HOOD (design for Ada). Might have educational discounts.
STONE by FZI (see vendor list).
(see also archives file "environments") - An SEE for research and education.
An OODBS called OBST is used as the core of the environment. OBST is available
via anonymous ftp from gate.fzi.de [188.8.131.52]. OBST provides currently an
interface to C++. A call interfaces to C is also available, as well as an
embedding of OBST into the interactive tool command language TCL. [from
Bernhard Schiefer <firstname.lastname@example.org>]
Rational Environment by Rational (see vendor list).
A tightly integrated, interactive software engineering environment for total
lifecycle control of Ada projects. Supports design, development, unit test,
maintenance, verification, document generation, configuration management,
subsystem tools, incremental compilation. Can also integrate with external
front-end CASE tools and external target compilers. [from: Bob Geiger
Objectory by Objective Systems (see vendor list).
An object-oriented Analysis and Design method with supporting CASE-tool. The
tool is a multi-user tool with a central repository and includes multiple
diagram and documentation techniques, consistency checks, traceability, etc. It
covers several models including Requirements, Analysis and Design models and
also C++ code generation. The tool runs on multiple platforms. An overview of
Objectory can be found in "Object-Oriented Software Engineering - A use case
driven approach", by Jacobson et al, published by Addison-Wesley 1992.
OOD (see http://www.cs.queensu.ca/Software-Engineering/blurb/OOD.html) by
Prof. Taegyun Kim of Pusan University in South Korea.
A free tool for educational use, based on Rumbaugh's Object Modeling
Technique. Prof. Kim has built it on a SPARC, but it should build on most UNIX
systems with X11-R5, Motif-1.2 and a "reasonable" C++ compiler.
Bridgepoint (see http://www.cs.queensu.ca/Software-
Engineering/blurb/bridgepoint.html) by Objective Spectrum, Inc. (see vendor
Set of CASE tools for Shlaer-Mellor OOAD (from analysis to code generation).
Significantly reduced fees are possible for educational institutions.
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