BOUML is a UML tool box allowing you to specify and generate code in C++, Java, Php, Python and IDL.
The main key points of BOUML are :
it runs under Linux, MacOS X and Windows
it allows to program simultaneously in C++, Java, Php, Python and IDL
thank to a full access to the generated forms, you are the master and you decide what must be generated
it is extensible, and the external tools (I name them plug-out because they are executed outside BOUML) may be developed in C++ or Java, using BOUML for their definition as any other program (clearly I do not like very much language like Visual Basic, and I do not understand how this one can be imposed in a UML environment !)
it is fast and doesn't need a lot of memory to manage several thousands of classes, see benchmark
The initial reasons inciting me to develop BOUML was mainly : the pleasure to develop freely a tool and I hope to see it used by many people (I already had this very pleasant experience with two friends for Xcoral), and frankly a reaction to the very expensive price of the commercial UML tools.
Due to license violations, attacks and insults from people of wikipedia (the worst of them were the administrators Bapti, Dereckson and Esby), I have decided to stop the free version of Bouml (the release 4.23 was the last free version), and to move to the non free version starting by the 5.0.
The implementation of BOUML since the 5.0 is based on Qt version 4, while the previous versions of BOUML was based on Qt 3 / 2.4.
The documentation is written with OpenOffice.org writer, many thanks for this powerful and pleasant office suite. The screen copies are made with Ksnapshot and sometimes modified by Le Gimp to have burred areas, thanks to the authors for these practical tools.
Some of the examples given in this documentation spoke about the organs, describing an organ is very easy for me in French ... not in English ! I get the English translation of the words associated to the organs from a Marya J. Fancey documentation, thanks to her.
The releases of bouml/bouml.exe from the 5.0 are not free, to use them you need to buy a license, and to run them on a host at a date autorized by this license.
boumlViewer, the code generators/reverse/roundtrip more projectControl and projectSynchro are free of use.
The other plug-outs are free; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version.
The code generated for the plug-outs is under the term of the GNU General Public License because it contains the API sources. In the other cases the code generated by BOUML is usable without any restriction (i.e. no license).
Copying and distribution of the documentation or a part of the documentation and screenshots is permitted in any medium, provided a mention of Bouml or http://www.bouml.fr
The versions of bouml and associated tools older prior the 5.0 are free; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2, or (at your option) any later version. I don't manage any more these versions.
Copyright © 2004-2015 by Bruno Pagès.
BOUML is distributed on the Internet at http://www.bouml.fr/
This document describe BOUML, not the Unified Modeling Language.
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