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README.md

system-viz

Clojars Project

system-viz is a tiny, simple library to visualize a system, constructed using Stuart Sierra's component library.

Use of this project requires that Graphviz is installed, which can be checked by running dot -V at the command line. If it's not installed, you can do the following:

platform directions
Linux install graphviz using your package manager
OS X download the installer
Windows download the installer

API documentation

Usage

Here, we are creating a very hypothetical stand-in for some kind of system:

(require '[com.walmartlabs.system-viz :refer [visualize-system]]
         '[com.stuartsierra.component :as component])

(def sys
  (component/system-map
    :auth (component/using {} {:delegate :local/auth})
    :local/auth (component/using {} [:database])
    :database (component/using {} [])
    :handler (component/using {} [:database :message-queue])
    :message-queue {}
    :router (component/using {} {:queue :message-queue})
    :web-server (component/using {} [:auth :router :handler])))

(visualize-system sys)

This will open a window displaying an image somewhat like:

System

Dependencies between components are shown as arrows; the arrows are only labeled when the component's local key for the dependency is different from the target component's system key.

visualize-system returns the system it is passed; it is intended as a filter used for side effects (creating and opening the graph image).

Horizontal Output

Some systems will render more readibly with a horizontal layout.

(visualize-system sys {:horizontal true})

will render as:

Horizontal System

Broken Systems

Sometimes, in larger and more complex projects, you may have errors in your inter-component dependencies. The component library detects this, but the exception can be extremely difficult to parse.

system-viz can help here: it will identify dependencies that link to non-existent components, highlighting the missing components in red:

Bad System

Customizing

The visual representation of the components in the graph can be adjusted for specific nodes, using particular component keys in the :systemviz namespace.

Example:


(require '[com.walmartlabs.system-viz :refer [visualize-system]]
         '[com.stuartsierra.component :as component])

(def sys
  (component/system-map
    :auth (component/using {} {:delegate :local/auth})
    :local/auth (component/using {:systemviz/color :magenta} [:database])
    :database (component/using {:systemviz/highlight true} [])
    :handler (component/using {} [:database :message-queue])
    :message-queue {:systemviz/attrs {:shape :box3d}}
    :router (component/using {} {:queue :message-queue})
    :web-server (component/using {} [:auth :router :handler])))

Customized System

Customization Component Attributes

:systemviz/color

Sets the color of the node to the provided value, and sets the style of the node to filled.

:systemviz/highlight

Sets the color of the node to a light blue, and increases the font size from the default 14 point to 24 point.

:systemviz/attrs

Allows the specification of arbitrary Graphviz node attributes as a nested map of keys and values. Values should be strings, numbers, or keywords and will be quoted as necessary.

Customization Options

Two options to visualize-system support customization:

:highlight

Defines the set of GraphViz node attributes used when a component has the :systemviz/highlight attribute.

:decorator

A function that is passed each component's key and component map and return nil, or a map of GraphViz node attributes.

For example, this could allow easy customization of components based on the namespace of thier component keys, or other factors.

License

Copyright © 2015-2018 Walmart Labs

Distributed under the Apache Software License 2.0.

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