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A commandline tool that generate High Level microservice & serverless Architecture diagrams

lucasepe profile image Luca Sepe ・1 min read

A commandline tool that generate High Level microservice & serverless Architecture diagrams using a declarative syntax defined in a YAML file.

https://github.com/lucasepe/draft

Why?

  • to quickly scketch HL Arks
    • to change the diagrams without pain (point, click drag..etc.)
    • to share diagrams using just a plain YAML file
    • the "terminal" is my playground :-D
    • but..above all..to do something funny and relaxing in Go!

Please check it out and let me know what do you think!

All the best,
Luca

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Raunak Ramakrishnan

This is really nice! What are the advantages of draft vs other tools like PlantUML or diagrams?

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Luca Sepe Author

Thank you!

draft right now is a "newborn" so not yet comparable with the giants you mentioned ... I wish one day it would really become worthy :-)

The idea of draft was born of necessity:

  • I often have to create architectural diagrams, sketch and then change this drawings quickly during a meeting
  • defining "abstract" symbols without specifying AWS, Azure, CGP but with a precise meaning, which also facilitates the creation of templates
  • Diagrams is super cool but you need to write python code, so you need python installed etc. etc.
  • PlantUML is perfect but you can create everything sequence diagrams, activities, class diagrams and much more... I wanted something specific for the serverless / cloud architectures
  • having a single executable binary without dependencies and multi os (Win, Nix, Mac etc.)
  • writing a simple YAML file to model the architecture
  • not less important :-D I love coding in Go I love coding this kind of commandline tools (I'm super bored of REST Api etc :-P )

All the best,
Luca