Evaluation of CASE Tool Methods and Processes - An Analysis of Eight Open-source CASE Tools

S. Biffl, C. Ferstl, C. Höllwieser,T Moser:
"Evaluation of CASE Tool Methods and Processes - An Analysis of Eight Open-source CASE Tools";
Vortrag: 11th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2009, Milan, Italy; 06.05.2009 - 10.05.2009; in:"Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems", J. Cordeiro, J. Filipe (Hrg.); Springer, LNBIP 24 (2009), ISBN: 978-3-642-01346-1.

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Abstract:


There are many approaches for Computer-aided software engineering (CASE), often accomplished by expensive
tools of market-leading companies. However, to minimize cost, system architects and software designers
look for less expensive, if not open-source, CASE tools. As there is often no common understanding
on functionality and application area, a general inspection of the open-source CASE tool market is needed.
The idea of this paper is to define a"status quo"of the functionality and the procedure models of opensource
CASE tools by evaluating these tools using a criteria catalogue for the areas: technology, modelling,
code generation, procedure model, and administration. Based on this criteria catalogue, 8 open-source
CASE tools were evaluated with 5 predefined scenarios. Major result is: there was no comprehensive opensource
CASE tool which assists and fits well to a broad set of developer tasks, especially since a small set of
the evaluated tools lack a solid implementation in several of the criteria evaluated. Some of the evaluated
tools show either just basic support of all evaluation criteria or high capabilities in a specific area, particularly
in code generation.