Plant UML

Example UML State diagram.

Example UML State diagram. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You want to do UML to have beautiful images to add in your documentation? Then Plant UML is done for you!

You just have to write a plain text file and launch the interpreter and you will obtain a pretty diagram:

Alice -> Bob: Authentication Request
Bob --> Alice: Authentication Response

The pro

  • it’s easy to follow in your favorite DCVS
  • it’s easy to learn with a very good documentation
  • it’s working on all plateform and generate good images
  • you can customize a lot


  • it becomes really usable if you use the graphical editor
  • Order of declaration is important for the display


Use google document to create the Plone Documentation

Today I was writing a little documentation about Plone 2.5 in reaction to a first draft on workflow management by groups. My goal is not to write a document alone that will replace this draft but to imply its author. A this point a tool was missing until I remember we can use Google Docs application to share our ideas and write this document together.

We have shortly try out Google Docs and our first impressions are positive: each other can write in the same document and modification are reported in live on the other screen. Add a GTalk window or an IRC session to discuss and you have a very powerful tool.

The next step is to finish this document and to copy/paste it in Plone Documentation. I hope to do this tomorrow night.

Hey Limi, when will we embed this in Plone ;^)