[erlang-questions] Erlang Process Notation?

Max Bourinov <>
Fri Dec 14 10:59:57 CET 2012


Hi Torben,

OPM looks promising. Thank you for sharing!

Best regards,
Max




On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM, Torben Hoffmann <>wrote:

>  Hi Max,
>
> You might want to have a look at Object Process Methodology:
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Object_Process_Methodology
>
> The thing that makes OPM stand out is that it makes both objects and
> processes (not the same meaning as in Erlang) first class citizens. This
> allows for a very natural description of how data is processed and where
> the functionality should be located.
>
> I use it as a way to depict the high level architecture and data flow more
> than anything else. It is sufficiently light weight to be done and
> maintained and expressive enough to have conversations about what is going
> on.
>
> If you want to model an Erlang process with OPM it would come out as an
> object (sounds weird, but stay with me) that exhibits a number of processes
> (where a process is an API function of the process).
>
> I have not tried the tool that has been developed for OPM - I made my own
> stencil for Dia.
>
> Other nice features of OPM:
>
>    - there is a 1-to-1 mapping between the graphical representation and
>    its textual one.
>    - you can zoom in and out in your model - not seen with UML or
>    anything else.
>
> But you would have to get the OPM tool or write some tool yourself to get
> the most out of these things.
>  Cheers,
> ___
>  /orben
>
>
> On 2012-12-14 08:51, Max Bourinov wrote:
>
> Hi Erlangers,
>
>  I am wondering if there is any notation for Erlang processes? I want to
> use it to describe my systems visually. Something like UML class diagrams
> but for Erlang (I know that class diagram is not the best example).
>
>  p.s.: I heavily use sequence diagrams and they help a lot.
>
>  Best regards,
> Max
>
>
>
>
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