[erlang-questions] Visual Erlang notation v0.1.0 - feedback request

Vlad Dumitrescu vladdu55@REDACTED
Sun May 4 13:50:39 CEST 2014

Hi Torben,

This is a cool initiative and looks good for a first draft! There are
always new requirements that pop up afterwards.

Is there some documentation for the textual representation?


On Fri, May 2, 2014 at 9:21 AM, Torben Hoffmann <
torben.hoffmann@REDACTED> wrote:

> Hi,
> As I have mentioned before I have been working on a visual notation for
> Erlang and
> although it is not complete yet I have received requests to release it
> anyway, so
> here goes...
> https://github.com/esl/visual_erlang
> One extra thing missing from the to-do list is state data for processes.
> I would like some feedback on how you feel the abstraction level is.
> The purpose of Visual Erlang is not to be able to specify every little
> detail of what
> happens in an Erlang program, but to give a way to describe the
> architecture.
> Once I have updated the Erlang Concurrency Patterns that Jesper and I have
> been
> working on to the new Visual Erlang notation we will release them as well.
> The original plan for the patterns was to use Object-Process Methodology
> as the
> notation, but I was adviced (and thanks for that) to invent an Erlang
> specific
> notation since OPM has some corners that hurts for Erlang.
> Right now the only way to draw Visual Erlang diagrams is by hand or use
> the LaTeX
> macros I have created, but since Visual Erlang has a 1:1 mapping between
> the visuals
> and a textual notation my hope is that we can create a tool that can
> create a diagram
> from the textual notation.
> Going even further I dream of having a tool that extracts the Visual
> Erlang notation
> from the code in an interactive manner, where the user can guide what to
> abstract and
> what to just leave totally out.
> Cheers,
> Torben
> --
> Torben Hoffmann
> Erlang Solutions Ltd.
> Tel: +45 25 14 05 38
> http://www.erlang-solutions.com
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