Aaron Blohowiak on 1 May 2007 17:35:09 -0000

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Re: Diagraming (was Re: [PhillyOnRails] Moving forward with PhillyOnRails)

I was thinking about doing this as well, so i could easily collapse and expand things.. so i can, say, seperate model descriptions and process

Aaron Blohowiak

On May 1, 2007, at 1:29 PM, Mat Schaffer wrote:

On May 1, 2007, at 12:57 PM, Cassius Rosenthal wrote:
Dot in an email.... I love it!
I hate it.  Good graphviz GUIs don't exist on Linux.  What do y'all use to diagram applications in the planning stages?  Hierarchical maps are a great start, but the lack of annotation in dot-files is a deal breaker.  Why isn't this problem solved in open-source development tools a trillion times over?  Are afterthought UML-importers the best we've got?

Honestly, the reason I like dot is that you don't really need a graphical tool.  The syntax is so basic and you can just pipe it to dot (as in the wiki page) to make a png.  It does all the layout for you.

And yet (like most things that aren't ruby) I find myself interested in creating a ruby DSL wrapper :)

What kind of annotations would you want in a dot file?  Just for my own curiosity.

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