Ugly fork question -> use of Dia as base for IDE

  • Kevin Rattai

    Kevin Rattai - 2014-02-25

    I think it is best to put this here for discussion, rather than into a feature request.

    I've been using Dia for more years than I can remember and really like it for what it does.

    Since the early '90s, I've been toying with the idea of creating a visual / graphical based IDE. Now that I'm working on a Flow Based Programming core tool (monoflow:, it has become more of a necessity than a whim to have a visual IDE.

    On one hand, I don't think that adding FBP IDE functionality to Dia would add too much overhead. On the other hand, the IDE does not need anything near the functionality of Dia. At least, not that I can think of right now.

    I am aware of the UML to code feature, but what I really need is flowchart or DFD to code.

    So I put this out for discussion so that I can get some feedback.



  • Steffen Macke

    Steffen Macke - 2014-03-01

    Some possible options I see here:

    • C or Python plugin that does your DFD-Code-Export
    • A set of XSLT stylesheets that performs your conversion using the XSLT-Plugin
    • A external tool that processes the Dia diagrams.

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