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Which tools do you use to create diagrams?
5 projects | /r/golang | 18 Apr 2023
Diagrams as Code
2 projects | dev.to | 28 Feb 2023
Another solution which I prefer is - maintaining diagrams as code which live in the same repos as the code. There are many tools these days which help us author diagrams from code. My favorites are Mermaid and PlantUML. Now your code can live in the repo and evolve along with the codebase. You might need to do additional setup if you'd like the diagrams to be generated as part of your CI/CD. I like to maintain these in a /docs folder within the project repo.
Mermaid Cheat Sheet
Individual diagrams have their grammar in a .jison file.
A single grammar to support all the different use cases would be challenging. But we did have some plans to introduce guidelines to make different diagram syntaxes more consistent.
This would really be a good UX improvement.
But the implementation might be a little tricky.
Please raise an issue so we can discuss further, and add it to roadmap if feasible.
A command line tool that draw plots on the terminal
25 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 12 Jan 2023
This is so cool. It reminds me of Markdown and Mermaid (https://github.com/mermaid-js/mermaid), which can do a similar thing within a plain text file. Keep it up; looking forward to trying it out.
Architecture diagrams should be code
16 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 11 Jan 2023
KeenWrite, the FOSS Markdown text editor I’ve been working on, includes the ability to render plain text diagrams via Kroki†. See the screenshots for examples. Here’s a sample Markdown document that was typeset using ConTeXt (and an early version of the Solare theme).
One reason I developed KeenWrite was to use variables inside of plain text diagrams. In the genealogy diagram, when any character name (that’s within the diagram) is updated, the diagram regenerates automatically. (The variables are defined in an external YAML file, allowing for integration with build pipelines.)
Version 3.x containerizes the typesetting system, which greatly simplifies the installation instructions that allow typesetting Markdown into PDF files. It also opens the door to moving Kroki into the container so that diagram descriptions aren’t pushed over the Internet to be rendered.
†Kroki, ergo KeenWrite, supports BlockDiag (BlockDiag, SeqDiag, ActDiag, NwDiag, PacketDiag, RackDiag), BPMN, Bytefield, C4 (with PlantUML), Ditaa, Erd, Excalidraw, GraphViz, Nomnoml, Pikchr, PlantUML, Structurizr, SvgBob, UMLet, Vega, Vega-Lite, and WaveDrom.
Note that Mermaid diagrams generate non-conforming SVG, so they don’t render outside of web browsers. There is work being done to address this problem.
13 projects | dev.to | 27 Dec 2022
Useful resources: GitHub repository Package size: 24.9 MB License: MIT
Looking for people to join a coding community
3 projects | /r/ProgrammingBuddies | 15 Dec 2022
Or, this one: https://github.com/mermaid-js/mermaid
Can Anyone Recommend a Good Diagramming App?
2 projects | /r/opensource | 12 Dec 2022
Add quick sketches in emacs org mode
7 projects | /r/emacs | 1 Mar 2023
Yes. I use this all the time for software diagramming. With c4 model (https://github.com/plantuml-stdlib/C4-PlantUML) and AWS icons (https://github.com/awslabs/aws-icons-for-plantuml)
Keep your diagrams updated with continuous delivery
7 projects | dev.to | 29 Nov 2022
PlantUML is extensible, so we can create or import custom elements to use in our diagrams. One example is the AWS Icons for PlantUML. It has elements to represent most of the main AWS Services.
What are you doing for network diagram automation?
3 projects | /r/devops | 29 Nov 2021
I use plantuml https://github.com/awslabs/aws-icons-for-plantuml
Plant UML – open-source UML Tool
6 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 29 Apr 2021
"Diagram as code"
6 projects | dev.to | 1 Nov 2020
Plantuml for AWS as our application is deployed on AWS, but you can also find versions for
What are some alternatives?
plantuml - Generate diagrams from textual description
C4-PlantUML - C4-PlantUML combines the benefits of PlantUML and the C4 model for providing a simple way of describing and communicate software architectures
d2 - D2 is a modern diagram scripting language that turns text to diagrams.
excalidraw - Virtual whiteboard for sketching hand-drawn like diagrams
Graphviz - Simple Python interface for Graphviz
markdown-preview-enhanced - One of the 'BEST' markdown preview extensions for Atom editor!
gcp-icons-for-plantuml - PlantUML sprites, macros, and other includes for Google Cloud Platform services and resources
vscode-drawio - This unofficial extension integrates Draw.io (also known as diagrams.net) into VS Code.