UML documentation

hey guys, this is semi linked to my other question on business requirement software
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Office_Productivity/Productivity_Applications/Q_28262156.html

do yall do UML diagrams? i do know a notable iOS lone developer with a very successful app who does not use UML diagrams cause he's just building by himself.

1) to all developers in software companies, do yall always use UML? or some form of documenting your system

2) to all lone developers, do yall use UML or yall don't?

i am getting quite stung by this whole documentation thing now - more from the angle that i need to have a lattice structure to hang my ideas so i can see how everything comes together.
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Scott McDaniel (Microsoft Access MVP - EE MVE )Infotrakker SoftwareCommented:
As with your other question - it depends.

If I'm building a complex system with interacting modules/actions/systems, then I would definitely use a system to manage this. If I'm building a system to store something simple (Customer information only, for example) I don't think I'd bother with it.

UML is useful when you need to define the way different systems work together. Note that a "system" can be many things, from a Class module that defines an Invoice to an external system that supplies you with GPS coordinates.

As I suggested in my other question, Case Complete (http://casecomplete.com/) includes methods to create UML diagrams (as do other packages like this).
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developingprogrammerAuthor Commented:
hi LSMConsulting, thanks for your response here! yup i fully agree with you it depends on the complexity = ) now i have a much better understand of these things after this whole round of non-programming focus = ) thank you once again! = ))
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BitsqueezerCommented:
Hi,

just for your info, I ran across an open source UML software today when I searched something else, maybe of interest for you as I saw your question here:

http://argouml-db.tigris.org/

Cheers,

Christian
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developingprogrammerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Christian! I'll check it out when I reach home. Right now I'm using visual paradigm to do UML if I need. But I think I need to revisit my UML strategy - in the sense I'm not sure when I REALLY need UML and when I don't. So I gotta gain more software engineering experience first = )
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BitsqueezerCommented:
Hi,

in this case maybe that one could be something for you:

http://www.ormfoundation.org/

I personally have not tested if it's a useful way.

Cheers,

Christian
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