If you work in IT, you probably want to generate UML diagrams.
There are a lot of way to do that, but some may require proprietary softwares.
I had a look to some of them, and chose to explain the easiest ways I found using Open Source librairies (if you're a minimum techie)
The recommended tools are:
They won't fit the same usage / needs, so you should have an idea of what you need :-)
I discovered yUML.me mid-2014 when I started to work with Neo4j.
It's an amazing online tool, really easy to use for simple graphs.
Scruffy is the library used behind yUML.me, and is available for download/fork on Github.
iswas hard to install because of dependencies
- won't fit for complex graphs
I sent a Pull Request to explain of to install Scruffy under Mac OSX and here the detailed version:
- install Homebrew
brew install graphviz plotutils
brew install imagemagick --with-librsvg
if you haven't
curl https://bootstrap.pypa.io/get-pip.py -o get-pip.py sudo python get-pip.py
sudo pip install image scruffy
You can now use Scruffy, here's a basic example:
suml --png --font-family Purisa --scruffy "[Node A]->[Node B],[Node B]->[Node C],[Group [Node A][Node B]]" > test.png
Their website is really oldschool... yes. But this tool allows you to generate complex and real
I personally use SublimeText as text editor / IDE, and Jayson Vantuyl created a plugin to generate you diagrams directly from this IDE.
The install guide available on Github is clear if you use SublimeText. Sorry, but I won't cover other IDE here, but PlantUML provides useful links.
Here is an activity diagram example:
@startuml (*) --> if "Some Test" then -->[true] "activity 1" if "" then -> "activity 3" as a3 else if "Other test" then -left-> "activity 5" else --> "activity 6" endif endif else ->[false] "activity 2" endif a3 --> if "last test" then --> "activity 7" else -> "activity 8" endif @enduml
(Looks like basic code, isn't it?)
There are many kinds of diagrams that can be generated with PlanUML.