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I’m a huge fan and strong proponent of round tripping between code and UML models, reverse engineering the code to update your models and generating code for new model items. Sparx Enterprise Architect is the best way I’ve found to do this so far, but there’s some trade-offs to using the product. Fortunately, Microsoft is finally pulling it’s head out of the “real developers don’t model, and if they did they’d be happy to self-inflict the steaming pile that is Visio” hole it’s inhabited for the last several years and might have a decent tool for me to use. It’s about friggin time! I’m REALLY looking forwarding to giving this a try. Now to go convince work to spring for the Ultimate version of VS2010…

We couldn’t get to reverse engineering RE for the UML class diagram in Dev10. It was just too big. We are working on the solution however. We’ll release it as a high quality power tool in around Dev10 RTM.We did get RE into a ‘.Net sequence diagram’ so you can RE straight from code. It’s very cool.

via Is it possible to reverse engineer C# code into an UML Class Diagram?.

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From the picture Julie painted it sounds like the Entity Framework is finally coming together. While I’m sure it’s far from perfect the latest version would seem to have addressed MANY of the issues I ran into the first time I used it. With EF being such a strong contender, it would seem my decision has come down to nHibernate and EF. Microsoft safety versus the guys that have been doing it right for a lot longer… tough call!

Julie Lerman on Entity Framework 4.0Julie is back to talk about the improvements to the Entity Framework in version 4.0.

via .NET Rocks!.

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