PlantUML layout

PlantUML layout and styles tutorial

With PlantUML you can create diagrams as plain text code. PlantUML takes off the burden so that you don’t need to worry about the looks and layout of your diagram’s elements, by applying opinionated defaults. This article is both a PlantUML layout tutorial, which explains how you can customize the layout, and also explains how … Read more

PlantUML tutorial

PlantUML tutorial to create diagrams as code

PlantUML is one of the most feature-complete tools that lets you create diagrams as code, using plain text. It supports UML diagrams and beyond, and has a large ecosystem. In this basic PlantUML tutorial I present an introduction on what PlantUML is and how to learn it. I go into detail about the very useful … Read more

plain text diagrams

Plain text diagrams – the best diagrams as code tools

Storing documentation as plain text in version control has numerous advantages, such as the ability to understand changes by diffing, or having documentation next to your code. Since documentation contains text and images, this article explains how diagrams can also be written as plain text, which a generator then converts to graphics. I discuss the … Read more

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Plain text documentation in version control – the 3 best markup languages

Writing technical project documentation using proprietary formats like Word, Google Docs or Confluence has numerous disadvantages. Plain text documentation, committed to a VCS like Git, can overcome these disadvantages. This article presents the markup languages Markdown, Asciidoc and reStructured Text used for plain text documentation files, how they compare, and which tools exist to render … Read more