Visual paradigm for uml

Visual Paradigm - UML, Agile, PMBOK, TOGAF, BPMN and More!

Visual Paradigm is a world-wide leading award-winning enterprise management and software development suite, which provides all the features you needs for enterprise architecture, project management, software development and team collaboration in a one-stop-shop solution.

Agile Software Development

Agile approach has gained a considerable amount of attention in the software industry in the current economic atmosphere, however the adoption of an agile approach is not without its complications:

First slide details.User Story Map Epics and User Story screen Affinity Table Scrum sprint board Sprint task board Gantt Chart support User Story statements
  • Regulated project and requirements.
  • Implementation of agile development increases in diffculity as scale of projects reaches enterprise level, especially with projects consisting of multiple virtual teams across the globe.
  • Prioritize project portfolio into a collection of programs and subsequently be developed and managed by different agile teams.
  • Manually plan, manage and update various backlogs, sprint tasks and communications for remote teams is quite tedious and time consuming.
  • Track the progress of sprints, update and summarize various statuses with whiteboard could be inefficient and time-wasting, and the information is often inconsistent and out of sync.
  • Seamlessly receive user features from EA or Project Management process which can adequately address various enterprise issues including governance and standard compliance.
  • Task manager allows remote teams develop projects in parallel and manage tasks and multiple sprints effectively. It puts agile process live which can be accessed through desktop and over the cloud.
  • Fully automated agile process for product backlog grooming such as, decompose user activities into user tasks and epics, all in one page. You can further break down epics into a set of related user stories.
  • Make story estimate process transparent to promote fair and open policy, perform affinity estimation for user stories in terms of size and technology complexities. Perform spike investigation in the initial development stage.
  • Prioritize user stories into sprints and monitor progress with sprint board.
  • Assign task in the sprint board inline and check detailed "My Task" or "project view" by going to the task manager at your own choices.
  • Tasifier provides easy to conceptualized Gantt chart view which is always kept in sync with the list view in Tasifier.
  • In addition, the agile process is integrated with EA and Project Management seamlessly to avoid development silos.

Flexible Process customization and Integrations

Why do some people go for agile approach, while the other people prefer to follow a standard process, framework and methodology? Which one should we choose? It really depends on whether the requirements of target system is predictable or not. If the requirements are tended to be predictable, to follow a well-defined process would be fine, or otherwise, if the project has high risk or when upfront requirements are hard to obtain, then an agile approach is more desirable.

Nowadays, requirements tended to be dynamic and might change quickly, and thus, an agile approach with flexible processes should be adopted in just-in-time and just-enough manner. We might need our process to be more agile and able to be customizable from time-to-time for different problems or situations. If this is the case, then it is recommended to use Just-in-Time process. It consists a gallery of work items and forms that allow you to design variant of process templates. You can simply drag & drop work items or forms for the inclusion of exclusion of works into the activities of a process needed to be touched up flexibly just-in-time.

Agile Toolsets

First slide details.Web wireframe Class Diagram UML Sequence Diagram Use Case Diagram Just-in-Time PMBOK deliverables generation Entity Relationship Diagram Built-in Task Manager

Different projects might require specific combinations of agile tools, various situation or the nature of the problem. An agile development environment should also include a rich toolset for developers to flexibly adopt them at their own choices. Visual Paradigm consists of a large set of agile tools to fulfill the needs of the entire software development process for your team. A selected group of major agile tools in Visual Paradigm are listed as following:

  • UX Modeling and Wireframe
  • Visual Modeling and Diagramming
  • Report Designer and Deliverable Generation
  • Database Modeling
  • Code Engineering and IDE Integration
  • Change Management and Teamwork

Visual Paradigm user's guide

Last Modified: Oct 24, 2017

Table of Contents

Part I. Getting started

1. Introduction to Visual Paradigm 2. Installing Visual Paradigm 3. Activating/De-activating Visual Paradigm 4. Uninstalling Visual Paradigm 5. User interface 6. Working with projects

Part II. UML modeling

1. Use case diagram 2. Class diagram 3. Sequence diagram 4. Communication diagram 5. State machine diagram 6. Activity diagram 7. Component diagram 8. Deployment diagram 9. Package diagram 10. Object diagram 11. Composite structure diagram 12. Timing diagram 13. Interaction overview diagram 14. Requirement diagram 15. Textual analysis 16. CRC card diagram

Part III. Project glossary

1. Working with glossary 2. Grid diagram

Part IV. BPMN toolset

1. Business Process Diagram 2. Conversation Diagram

Part V. Project management

1. Maturity Analysis 2. Implementation Plan Diagram 3. PERT Chart 4. Documentation Cabinet

Part VI. Modeling toolset

1. Editing diagrams 2. Project management properties 3. Style and formatting 4. General modeling techniques 5. Advanced modeling techniques 6. Annotations and freehand shapes 7. Resource Referencing 8. Using shape editor 9. Customizing user interface 10. Organizing works with model 11. Using stereotypes

Part VII. ArchiMate tools

1. ArchiMate diagram 2. ArchiMate Viewpoints 3. Example Viewpoints

Part VIII. Team collaboration

1. Getting started 2. Basic features 3. Advanced features 4. PostMania

Part IX. Code engineering

1. Instant Reverse 2. Instant Generation 3. Java Round-Trip 4. C++ Round-trip 5. Reverse ORM POJO Classes 6. Generating Object-Relational Mapping Code 7. State Machine Diagram Code Generation 8. Generating REST API

Part X. Database design and engineering

1. Introduction 2. Designer Guides 3. Database Management Guides 4. Programming Guides

Part XI. Advanced modeling toolset

1. Maintaining project reference 2. Model element nicknaming 3. Visual Diff 4. Using design pattern 5. Model transitor 6. Customizing elements with profile 7. Mind mapping diagram 8. Brainstorm 9. Color Legend

Part XII. Document production

1. Publishing project to Web Site 2. Doc. Composer - Introduction 3. Doc. Composer - Build from Scratch 4. Doc. Composer - Fill-in Doc 5. Doc. Composer - Writing Element Templates

Part XIII. Business modeling

1. Data Flow Diagram 2. Event-driven Process Chain Diagram 3. Process Map Diagram 4. Organization Chart 5. RACI Chart 6. Business Concept Diagram

Part XIV. Business rule

1. Business rule management 2. Fact Model 3. Decision table

Part XV. Agile development

2. User Story 4. Sprint

Part XVI. Wireframe

1. Wireframe 2. Storyboard

Part XVII. Impact analysis

1. Introduction of impact analysis 2. Analysis Diagram 3. Matrix Diagram 4. Chart Diagram

Part XVIII. CMMN toolset

1. CMMN Diagram

Part XIX. SoaML modeling

1. Service interface diagram 2. Service participant diagram 3. Service contract diagram 4. Services architecture diagram 5. Service categorization diagram

Part XX. Design animation

1. Animation

Part XXI. IDE Integration

1. Eclipse Integration 2. Visual Studio Integration 3. NetBeans Integration 4. IntelliJ IDEA Integration

Part XXII. Interoperability and integration

1. Export and Import XML 2. Export and import VP project 3. Export and Import Microsoft Excel 4. Export and Import XMI 5. Export and Import BPMN 2.0 6. Importing Visio drawing 7. Importing Rational Rose model 8. Importing Rational Software Architect File 9. Importing Erwin Data Modeler project file 10. Importing Telelogic Rhapsody and System Architect project file 11. Importing NetBeans 6.x UML diagrams 12. Importing Bizagi 13. Exporting diagram to various graphic formats 14. Extend functionalities with Open API 15. Command line interface 16. Printing diagrams

Part XXIII. Process simulation

1. Process Simulation

Part XXIV. Zachman and BMM

1. Zachman Framework 2. Business Motivation Model diagram

Part XXV. Appendix A - Application Options

1. General 2. Diagramming 3. View 4. Instant Reverse 5. ORM 6. State Code Engine 7. User Path 8. File Types 9. Spell Checking 10. Keys 11. Import/Export

Part XXVI. Appendix B - Project Options

1. Diagramming 2. Instant Reverse 3. ORM 4. State Code Engine 5. Data Type 6. Code Synchronization 7. C++ Code Synchronization 8. Model Quality

Part XXVII. Appendix C

1. Product Update 2. Connection Rules 3. Multi- Languages support

Visual Paradigm Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Visual Paradigm?
  • Can I evaluate Visual Paradigm? Visual Paradigm is headquartered in Hong Kong. We can be contacted in the following ways: Yes, you can evaluate Visual Paradigm for free for 30 days. You can download Visual Paradigm in its download page.
  • What are the limitations of the free edition - Visual Paradigm Community Edition? Visual Paradigm Community Edition is only available for non-commercial use. Diagrams and documents generated from the Community Edition will present a small Visual Paradigm logo at the bottom right corner of the images.
  • Can I run Visual Paradigm on Linux/Mac OS X?

    Yes, you can run Visual Paradigm on Linux, Mac OS X, Windows and Unix.

  • Can I remove the watermark in exported images and documents?

    Watermark appears only in Community Edition or when running in evaluation mode.When you run with perpetual license or subscription license, watermark will not appear in the exported images and documents anymore.

  • Can I perform a silent installation?
  • How can I install Visual Paradigm over Mac OS X Mountain Lion?
  • Where can I get help when I have inquiry or encountered problem? Visual Paradigm is committed to assist our users on any inquiry and problem about Visual Paradigm products. If you have inquiries about our products, please do not hesitate to contact our technical and sales team.
  • Can I get support if I haven't purchased maintenance?

    Our mission is to deliver a quality application to all of our users. Quality application includes stable and easy-to-use software plus a good technical support service. You can contact our support team no matter you have purchased the maintenance or not. We will try our best to answer your question and fix your problem.

  • How much does Visual Paradigm costs?
  • What is software maintenance? Software maintenance is the most economical way for you to keep your software up-to-date. Customers are entitled to get all version upgrades and priority support within their software maintenance period.
  • Why doesn't Visual Paradigm accept my floating license?

    Floating license has to be imported into a floating license server, and then let Visual Paradigm connect to the server for acquiring license key. Besides, make sure the version of Visual Paradigm you run matches your license key file.

  • Is there any discount if I purchase a large number of license at once?

    A discount of 30% is available when purchasing 5 or more copies of Visual Paradigm Enterprise license per order.A discount of 5% is available when purchasing 5 - 9 copies of Visual Paradigm Modeler/Standard/Professional license per order, while a discount of 10% is available for purchasing 10 or more copies. Note that the discount is available on a per-product basis.

  • Do you offer academic license to schools?
  • Can I use Visual Paradigm for internal training purpose in my company? Community Edition is only for "non-commercial use" only. For internal training purpose, please contact Visual Paradigm for more information.
  • Can I install and run Visual Paradigm on multiple machines?

    You can install Visual Paradigm on not more than three machines, provided that you are the only user and at most one instance is started at the same time.

  • Visual Paradigm within my favorite IDE?
  • Does Visual Paradigm support MyEclipse?

    For the moment we only support standard Eclipse. Visual Paradigm do not support integrating with other customized Eclipse environments.

  • Visual Paradigm with Eclipse on Mac?
  • Visual Paradigm from Eclipse 4.4 Luna after perform integration?
  • Does Visual Paradigm support .NET code engineering?
  • Can I generate source code from diagram other than class diagram and state machine diagram? Currently, Visual Paradigm supports generating source code only from class diagram and state machine diagram. We welcome any suggestion you may have in relation to code generation from any kind of diagram.
  • Is the generated persistence layer redistributable?

    The generated persistence layer is redistributable. You can freely distribute it to your clients.

  • What database management system does Visual Paradigm support? Visual Paradigm supports wide range of databases - MySQL, MariaDB, MS SQL Server, Oracle, HSQL, Sybase, Postgre, Cloudscape/Derby, DB2, Ingres, OpenEdge, Informix, Firebird, FrontBase, Cache, SQLite, h3, Amazon Redshift
  • I want a customized documentation solution. Do you have it? Doc. Composer allows you to build a document with any project data and in any style you want. Visual Paradigm provides you with an easy-to-use template language to query project data and structure document content. HTML, PDF and Word document can be generated.

    UML, BPMN, UX and Database Design Solutions

    UML, BPMN, UX and Database Design Solutions
    • What is BMM?
    • How does Visual Paradigm helps?
    • What is Customer Journey Mapping?
    • Why Customer Journey Mapping
    • How does Visual Paradigm helps?
    • Mac OS X UML Tool
    • Comprehensive UML Supports
    • Excellent visual modeling toolset
    • Model traceability
    • Web diagrams
    • Agile Use Case tool
    • Scenario editor
    • Integration with story map
    • Benefits of ERD diagram tool
    • Major features of ER Tool
    • Just-in-Time Process Map
    • PMBOK process template
    • Story Board
    • Affinity Table
    • ArchiMate
    • BPMN
    • PERT Chart and More...
    • Just-in-Time Process Map
    • PMBOK process template
    • Project Management Lifecycle Guide-through
    • Deliverable generation
    • TOGAF ADM Guide-through
    • Deliverable generation
    • Benefits of using desktop application in modeling
    • More about element reusability
    • Capture functional requirements
    • Design use case scenarios
    • Design acceptant testing procedure
    • Draw Entity relationship diagram (ERD)
    • Generate and reverse database
    • Generate Hibernate mapping and Java code
    • Draw BPD
    • Write operational procedure
    • Generate Business Process Document
    • Draw all UML diagrams
    • Comfortable modeling environment
    • Flexible export options
    • Draw all UML diagrams in Eclipse
    • Generate and reverse Java source
    • Generate Hibernate mapping layer
    • Design software with UML class diagram
    • Visualize object and relational mapping
    • Generate Hibernate
    • Capture current process
    • Improve process
    • Identify changes
    • Import Use Cases
    • Document flow of events
    • Manage glossary
    • Show Java code
    • Reverse Java Code to Sequence Diagram
    • Drill down interaction into next level
    • Draw Use Case Diagram
    • Write Use Case Flow
    • Design Interaction
    • Gather functional requirements
    • Write Use Case Flow
    • Draw UML Diagrams
    • Model quality software
    • Elaborate system design decision
    • Simply communication
    • Draw DFD
    • Generate Document
    • Reference to Business Process Diagram
    • Design Software Systems with Industry Standard UML
    • Snap Your Fingers, Generate System Specifications
    • Perform Impact Analysis, Scout for Potential "Potholes"
    • Define an organization
    • Define participants
    • Start event
    • Design tasks
    • Generate Flow Chart to Word
    • Import Rose Project
    • Select File
    • Diagrams Imported
    • Define states
    • Describe states
    • Draw transitions
    • Define transition triggers
    • Define guard conditions
    • Support All UML Diagrams
    • Easy to Use
    • Run on All Platforms
    • Flexible Output Options
    • Team Collaboration
    • Define who will initiate the interaction
    • Draw the first message to a sub-system
    • Draw message to other sub-systems
    • Draw reply message to actor
    • Send/Respond to anonymous actors
    • Model the business process
    • Define cost, time, resources
    • Define scenarios for load testing
    • Go
    • Generate charts
    • Benefits of wireframing
    • Drag-and-Drop wireframing
    • Rich set of wireframe elements
    • Polished wireframe slideshow
    • Wireframes for Web, Android, iPhone, iPad and Desktop Apps
    • Use case management with Use Case List
    • Use case scenario
    • Scenario-based wireframing
    • Web, Desktop, Android, iPad and iPhone wireframing
    • Full-featured BPMN designer
    • Glossary management
    • Cloud repository of your process design
    • Easy to use BPMN designer
    • Sophisticated UML designer
    • Cloud storage of your UML design
    • Full-featured UML modeling software
    • UML modeling on any O/S
    • Cloud storage of your UML design
    • Draw-and-drop sequence diagram editing
    • Single model, multiple views
    • Group sequence diagram by use cases
    • Intuitive ER Diagram editor
    • Generate database from ER diagram tool
    • Instantly form ER Diagram from database
    • UML use case diagram
    • Edit use case scenario
    • Use case driven interaction modeling
    • Draw business process diagram, in Mac
    • Intuitive workflow design features
    • Easy-to-use Doc. Composer
    • Draw UML sequence diagram with simple drag-and-drop
    • Organize sequence diagram based on use cases
    • Export sequence diagram to image, document or printout
    • Comprehensive use case analysis toolset
    • Sketch user interface with wireframe
    • SysML requirement diagram
    • Better Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)
    • Use case drive project management
    • Crystal-clear "MyTask" list
    • Draw any UML diagram, in Eclipse
    • Build database application, with Hibernate (ORM)
    • Design software together
    • Design software, together
    • Design software iteratively
    • Close cooperation between business and developers
    • Easy to use class diagram editor
    • Support code generation and database generation
    • Integrate with your favorite IDEs
    • Easy-to-use ERD tool
    • Intuitive database view editor
    • Produce data dictionary in seconds
    • Draw wireframe rapidly for your iPhone apps
    • Full set of screen components
    • "Play" the wireframe
    • Design Android apps, with effective wireframe tool
    • Rich Android screen components
    • Wireframe slideshow
    • Intuitive database design editor
    • Produce data dictionary effortlessly
    • Share your ERD - JPG, PNG, SVG, PDF, MS World, HTML
    • Process modeling tips
    • Introducing to BPMN tools
    • Cloud storage for process model
    • Sketch wireframes with drag-and-drop
    • Map wireframe with use case scenario
    • Share your wireframe with others
    • Website storyboard design
    • Rapid wireframing
    • Screen capture tools
    • Easy-to-Use SysML Diagram Editor
    • Powerful Grid
    • UML Diagrams Supported
    • Design Your RESTful Service
    • Generate REST API
    • Generate API Documentation
    • Usage Scenarios are Stories
    • Design the story, design the UX
    • You're the Storyteller
    • Add reference to external artifacts
    • Integrate your design with UML
    • What is Storyboard?
    • Why storyboard
    • Understanding process mapping
    • Drawing a process map with BPMN
    • Understanding flowchart
    • Creating a business flowchart
    • Agile development
    • User experience
    • Interactive visual presentation
    • Discover Requirements
    • Manage Development
    • Design Great Software

    Learn practical software development skills, apply UML and OOT with the best UML tool- Visual Paradigm for UML

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    • Paperback: 456 pages
    • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 1st edition (April 26, 2005)
    • ISBN: 0071240462

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    We are pleased to announce that the three people closely involved in the development of the VP-UML CASE tool have coauthored a textbook entitled, "Object Oriented Technology: from diagram to code with Visual Paradigm for UML". The book, which is published by McGraw Hill, is now available in bookstores.

    This book is written for students and developers who wish to master the essential skills and techniques in applying the UML for software development. The reader will learn object-oriented analysis, design and implementation using appropriate UML models, process, techniques and tools. Accompanying the book is the Community Edition of Visual Paradigm for UML (VP-UML), an award winning CASE tool, which allows the reader to put the theories learned into practice immediately.

    The authors propose a novel framework for modeling and analysis called the View Alignment Techniques (VAT) that helps software developers create development methods. The Activity Analysis Approach (A3), which is particularly suited for the development of interaction-intensive systems, is described in detail in this book. These concepts have been well proven, as they were followed closely in the development of the VP-UML CASE tool.

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    Table of Content

    Chapter 1 Introduction

    • Overview
    • What You Will Learn
    • Software Engineering Approaches
    • Visual Modeling
    • Software Development Methods
    • Representation, Process Techniques and Tool
    • Organization of the Book
    • Summary

    Chapter 2 Structural Modeling and Analysis

    • Overview
    • What You Will Learn
    • What is an Object?
    • What is a Class and What are Instances?
    • Structural Modeling Techniques
    • Structural Models: Examples
    • Summary of the UML Notation for Structural Modeling
    • Structural Analysis Techniques
    • Domain Modeling and Analysis Process
    • Tricks and Tips in Structural Modeling and Analysis
    • Domain Modeling and Analysis with VP-UML
    • Summary
    • Exercise

    Chapter 3 Use Case Modeling and Analysis

    • Overview
    • What You Will Learn
    • Requirements Elicitation
    • Use Case Modeling Techniques
    • Use Case Models: Examples
    • Use Case Analysis Techniques
    • The Use Case Modeling and Analysis Process
    • Tricks and Tips in Using Case Analysis
    • Use Case Modeling and Analysis with VP-UML
    • Summary
    • Exercise

    Chapter 4 Dynamic Modeling and Analysis

    • Overview
    • What You Will Learn
    • Scenario Modeling Techniques – Interaction Diagram
    • Examples of Scenario Modeling
    • Dynamic Modeling Techniques Using Statechart Diagrams
    • Dynamic Modeling Techniques Using Activity Diagrams
    • Dynamic Analysis Techniques
    • Dynamic Modeling and Analysis Process
    • Tricks and Tips in Dynamic Modeling and Analysis
    • Dynamic Modeling and Analysis with VP-UML
    • Summary
    • Exercise

    Chapter 5 Implementing UML Specification

    • Overview
    • What You Will Learn
    • Introduction
    • Implementing Class Diagrams
    • Implementing Persistent Classes using Relational Databases
    • Implementing Activity Diagrams
    • Implementing State Diagrams
    • Implementing Interaction Diagrams
    • Case Study: A Lift Control System
    • Summary
    • Exercise

    Chapter 6 View Alignment Techniques and Method Customization

    • Overview
    • What You Will Learn
    • Software Development Methods
    • Why Traditional Software Methods Didn't Work Miracles?
    • Unified Modeling Language (UML) vs Software Methods
    • Hurdles in Applying the Object-oriented Approach
    • Current Object Oriented Development Approach
    • View Alignment Techniques (VAT)
    • Method Creation or Customization Using View Alignment Techniques
    • Method Creation: A Case Study
    • Summary
    • Exercise

    Chapter 7 A Case Study: Applying the Activity Analysis Approach

    • Overview
    • What You Will Learn
    • The Case Study
    • Business Modeling
    • Requirements
    • Analysis
    • Design
    • Applying the Activity Analysis Approach with VP-UML
    • Summary

    Appendix A Getting Started with VP-UML

    • Installing VP-UML
    • The VP-UML Environment
    • Working with Diagrams
    • Creating Diagram Elements
    • Resource-centric Interface
    • Diagram Element Properties
    • Sub-Diagrams
    • Code Generation
    • Textual Analysis
    • Report Generation
    • Importing Models/Diagrams

    Appendix B Basic UML Concepts

    • Relationship between UML Diagrams

    Appendix C Implementation of the Lift Control System in Chapter 5



    UML Getting Started - UML Modeling in Eclipse

    Visual Paradigm is an agile development platform that provides software developers with the wide variety of toolset they need for designing great software products. It supports a collection of widely-used modeling notations, such as UML, SysML, ERD and BPMN and more. Software developers can either run Visual Paradigm in standalone manner, or to run it in embedded extension within the IDE. With this Eclipse UML tool, developers can perform visual modeling and other agile development activities within a unified Eclipse IDE platform.

    In this tutorial, you will walk through the steps required to integrate Visual Paradigm with Eclipse. The second part of the tutorial will demonstrate the automatic generation of Java code from UML class diagram.


    In order to follow this tutorial, you must have Visual Paradigm installed, which can be downloaded from Visual Paradigm download page. Besides, you also need the Eclipse platform, which can downloaded at the Eclipse official site.

    Installing Visual Paradigm in Eclipse

    1. In Visual Paradigm, select Window > Integration > IDE Integration... from the application toolbar.
    2. In the Visual Paradigm IDE Integration window, check Eclipse Integration.
    3. Click Next.
    4. Enter the path of Eclipse and click Next. This begins files copying. If you see the error messages " Cannot make dirs for file...", please restart Visual Paradigm with the Run as Administrator option. When finished files copying, close Visual Paradigm and move on to the next section to see how to create a Java project in Eclipse along with UML model.

    Creating a Java Project

    1. Start Eclipse.
    2. Select File > New > Java Project from the main menu to open the New Java Project window.
    3. In the New Java Project window, enter My Project in the Project name field.
    4. Click Finish.

    Creating a UML Model for the Java Project

    Now, you have an empty Java project. Let's create a UML model for it. To create a UML model:

    1. Right click on the project node in Package Explorer and select Open Visual Paradigm from the popup menu.
    2. If you see the VM Requirement dialog box, please keep the option Configure "eclipse.ini" and restart eclipse selected and click OK to restart Eclipse, and then re-perform the previous step to open Visual Paradigm.
    3. Click OK when you are prompted to select a path to store the .vpp file.

    UML Modeling in Eclipse

    Let's draw a simple class diagram. We will generate Java code from it in the next section.

    1. In Diagram Navigator, right click on Class Diagram node and select New Class Diagram from the popup menu.
    2. A new diagram is created. Double click on the package header field at the top left corner of the diagram, with a labeled <default package> in it.
    3. Enter myapp and press Enter. From now on classes to be drawn in this diagram will be placed in a (new) package named myapp. In practice you can also enter a nested package structure like com.vp.myapp.
    4. Create a class. Select Class from the diagram toolbar. Drag it out and put it onto the diagram. Enter User as name and press Enter to confirm.
    5. A user has two attributes: name and phone number. Let's add them. Right click on the User class and select Add > Attribute from the popup menu.
    6. Enter name : String to create the name attribute in String type. Then press Enter to confirm.
    7. Similarly, enter phoneNum : int to create the phoneNum attribute in int type. Then press Enter to confirm it and press Esc to cancel the next attribute.
    8. We want Visual Paradigm to generate getter and setter for the attributes during code generation. Right click on the name attribute and select Create Getter and Setter from the popup menu.
    9. Repeat the previous step on the attribute phoneNum. Up to now, your class diagram should look like this:

    Generate Java Code from UML Class

    Let's produce Java source code from the UML class. There are several ways to achieve this. Here let's try the one that generate code for the entire UML model. Click on the Update Code button at the top of Diagram Navigator.

    In the Package Explorer, expand the project node and the src folder node. The package myapp and User class are there. Open You can see the User class filled with attributes and its getter and setter.

    Perform Coding

    In this section, you are going to build an executable application with the User class.

    1. Create a Main class. In the Package Explorer, right click on the package myapp and select New > Class from the popup menu.
    2. In the New Java Class window, enter Main as class name and click Finish.
    3. Create a static main method in the Main class that create and instantiate two User objects. Set the name and phone number through the setter.
    4. It would be nice to add into the User class a method to print out its name and phone number. Add a public method printInfo() in the User class.
    5. Call printInfo() from the Main class to display the information of created users.

    Running the Application

    Let's run the application. Keep the Main class opened. Select Run > Run As > Java Application from the main menu. You should see the Console view appear with users' information printed in it.

    Updating the UML Model from Java Code

    You have made some changes in source code, such as the creation of Main class and printInfo() in User class. In order to keep the design consistent with your source code, you need to update the UML model from code. Let's do it now.

    1. In the Eclipse toolbar, click on the Update UML Model button.
    2. Open the class diagram. The printInfo() method is presented in the User class.
    3. For the Main class, you can find it under the Model Explorer. Drag it out and put it below the User class.

    How to Draw UML Diagrams in NetBeans?

    Visual Paradigm is award-winding agile development platform that encompasses of widely-used agile toolset such as user story, use case, UML visual model, coding engineering, teamwork and project management capabilities. This one-stop-shop solution enables developers to carry out the entire agile development process within one place.


    In order to follow and complete this tutorial, you must have Visual Paradigm installed. They can be downloaded from Visual Paradigm download page. Of course, you need the NetBeans IDE as well. We suppose you have already installed it but if you haven't, please download it from the NetBeans official site get it installed.

    Note: We only support NetBeans 6.7 or upper versions. If you are using an earlier version, please consider upgrading your NetBeans.

    Visual Paradigm targets software teams who want to develop software with professional design, reporting, code and database engineering supports. It supports all sorts of UML modeling features, plus SysML modeling, Business Process Modeling with OMG's Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN), ERD (for database design), code generation, reverse engineering, database generation/reversal, Hibernate, report composer and report generation.

    Integrate Visual Paradigm with NetBeans

    Here we go. We need to install the integration from Visual Paradigm. So, turn off your NetBeans and start Visual Paradigm. Perform the steps below.

    1. In Visual Paradigm, select Window > Integration > IDE Integration... from the application toolbar.
    2. In the Visual Paradigm IDE Integration window, check NetBeans Integration. Click Next.
    3. Specify the path of your NetBeans installation and click Next. This begins files copying. If you see the error messages " Cannot make dirs for file...", please restart Visual Paradigm with the Run as Administrator option. When finished files copying, close Visual Paradigm and move on to the next section to see how to create a Java application in NetBeans along with UML model.

    Creating a UML Model for your Java project

    In this section, we are going to create a UML model from a Java project in NetBeans. In order not to mess up with your production work, we will create a new Java project for this tutorial.

    1. Start the NetBeans IDE.
    2. Click the New Project button at the toolbar to open the New Project window.
    3. In the New Project window, select Java category and choose Java Class Library as the project type. Click Next.
    4. Enter Online Shop in the Project Name field. Leave other settings as default and click Finish to create the project.
    5. Now, you have an empty Java project. Let's create a UML model from it. To create a UML model, right click on the project root node in the Projects pane and select Open Visual Paradigm from the popup menu.
    6. When you are prompted to enter the path of project file, keep Create in default path selected and click OK. This will create the .vpp project file in the Java project folder.

    UML modeling in NetBeans

    Let's draw a simple class diagram. We will generate Java code from it in the next section.

    1. Open the Diagram Navigator of Visual Paradigm.
    2. Right click on the Class Diagram node and select New Class Diagram from the popup menu. This creates an empty class diagram.
    3. The diagram will automatically grab focus on its package header (top left of diagram). This allows you to specify the parent package for your diagram. If the package you specified does not exist in your project, it will be created for you automatically. Once you have specified the package, the class diagram along with the classes to be created in the diagram will automatically be put in the package. Enter onlineshop as package name and press Enter.
    4. Now, the focus will be shift to the diagram name field. Enter Online Shop as the name of the diagram and then press Enter.
    5. Next, we are going to create a class. Select Class from the diagram toolbar and it onto the diagram to create a class.
    6. Enter Product as name and press Enter to confirm.
    7. A product has three attributes: name, partNo and price. Let's add them. Right click on the Product class and select Add > Attribute with Getter and Setter from the popup menu.
    8. Enter name : String to create the name attribute in String type. Then, press Enter to confirm. Right after your confirmation, the getter and setter operations for the name attribute will automatically be inserted to the class. Similarly, create two more attributes partNo : String and price : float.
    9. Press Esc to cancel the next attribute.

    Generate Java code from class diagram

    Let's generate Java source code from the UML class. There are several ways to achieve this. Here, let's try the one that generate code for the entire UML model. Click on the Update Code button at the top of Diagram Navigator.

    In the Projects pane, expand the project node and check Source Packages. The package onlineshop and Product class are there. Open, you can see the Product class filled with attributes and its getter and setter.

    Generate and update UML classes from Java code

    You've learned how to create UML diagrams in NetBeans. If you want to know how to produce UML class model from your Java source code which is essential to keep the design conformed to your source code, you need to perform the steps below.

    1. Let's create a class in NetBeans. Right click on the package onlineshop and select New > Java Class... from the popup menu.
    2. In the New Java Class window, enter Vendor as class name and click Finish.
    3. Add two attributes to the Vendor class, a name in String type and a collection of Product.
    4. Next, we try to update the Product class which is just generated in the previous step. Let's try to add a constructor to it. Right click on the source file of Product class and select Insert Code.
    5. Select Constructor... from the popup pane.
    6. Select all three attributes and click Generate to generate the constructor.
    7. Now, go to the Diagram Navigator. Click on the Update UML Model Element button to have your changes reflected in the UML model.
    8. Open the class diagram. The constructor method is presented in the Product class.
    9. Switch to Model Explorer pane, you can find the Vendor class inside the onlineshop package. Drag out the Vendor class and drop it to class diagram, the Vendor class will be visualized with association with Product class.

    Something more - Generate UML Sequence Diagram from Java code

    The class diagram helps you to understand the static data structure of your system. However, what about its dynamic behavior? Sequence diagram is one of the popular diagrams in UML used to model the dynamic behavior of a system. You can reverse engineer Java source code into sequence diagram inside the NetBeans integration environment. Let's walk through the steps below to create a sequence diagram from source code. Before you start, please note that the classes drawn in the previous sections will be overwritten by the steps to be performed.

    1. Select Modeling > Instant Reverse Java to Sequence Diagram... from the menu.
    2. Click the Add Source Folder button in the Instant Reverse Java to Sequence Diagram window.
    3. Specify the source folder of the Java project in the Select Directories window. Click OK and then click Next.
    4. Now, expand the tree in the Select Operation step and choose the operation you would like to reverse to sequence diagram. Click Next to proceed.
    5. Select Create New Sequence Diagram in the Choose Diagram step and leave the diagram name as default. Click Finish. Now the sequence diagram of your selected operation is being generated.

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