Rails model design visualization

I’m a fairly visual person, and I have a piece of paper with many
boxes and arrows with labels like “has many” and “belongs to” for my
database models. It’s messy, but it works.

What I keep looking for–weeks, actually, I’m certain it’s out there,
but I haven’t hit on the right set of Google query terms :)–is
something that will take a Rails set of models and show its design.

Does anyone know of such a thing? And if not, what are people using
to visually lay out their model designs?

I’ve tried MySQL workbench, but it really isn’t designed to make
pretty pictures as far as I can tell :wink:

TIA,
Craig

On 1 April 2010 20:03, Dudebot [email protected] wrote:

What I keep looking for–weeks, actually, I’m certain it’s out there,
but I haven’t hit on the right set of Google query terms :)–is
something that will take a Rails set of models and show its design.

Railroad does this (after a fashion)
http://railroad.rubyforge.org/

It’s not perfect, but it’s good enough for me 90% of the time.

On Apr 1, 2:12 pm, Michael P. [email protected] wrote:

Railroad does this (after a fashion)http://railroad.rubyforge.org/

So that rocks. When did the world get so ultra cool? Many, many
thanks.
Craig

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I’m a fairly visual person, and I have a piece of paper with many
boxes and arrows with labels like “has many” and “belongs to” for my
database models. It’s messy, but it works.

What I keep looking for–weeks, actually, I’m certain it’s out there,
but I haven’t hit on the right set of Google query terms :)–is
something that will take a Rails set of models and show its design.

Does anyone know of such a thing? And if not, what are people using
to visually lay out their model designs?

In addition to railroads, The rubymine IDE has a visualization system.
Uses
the (proreitary) yFiles Graph visualization library, so the images look
a
little fancier, but the basic graphs are not too disimilar.

One nice feature is that it is live unlike railroads, alowing you to
move
around the models if you did not like the default layout. It also lets
you
show/hide the special properties of a model like ‘Created_at’, as well
as
show or hide the user defined models.

Probably not worth considering unless you already use the Rubymine IDE,
but
I thought it should be thrown out there.

Now for an aside:
I know IDE’s are not particularly popular in the Rails community, and
for
good reason. Most IDEs are fairly bloated, and often make some tasks
harder.
Depite being a java-based IDE it is not as bloated as say an
Eclipse-based
IDE. The IDE though is suprising good at offering good options for
autocomplete, although not perfect, but with a dynamically typed
language
perfect is just not possible. Unfortunately, in a few places the
Rubymine
IDE does make some tasks harder. An example is not being able to just
type
“rake db:migrate” but having to use a keystoke combination to open a
dialog
box to choose which version to migrate the database to.

Perhaps a furtue version will offer a command prompt for those who like
the
code completion, refactoring helpers, and some of the other little nice
touches an IDE can offer[1], but want to keep the existing command line
workflows. I know the latest private beta of RadRails is offering this.

Railroad does this (after a fashion) http://railroad.rubyforge.org/

So that rocks. When did the world get so ultra cool? Many, many
thanks.

plus one from me! Thank you very much!

On Apr 2, 3:49 pm, “Joe S.” [email protected] wrote:

In addition to railroads, The rubymine IDE has a visualization system. Uses
the (proreitary) yFiles Graph visualization library, so the images look a
little fancier, but the basic graphs are not too disimilar.

Thanks, Joe! I’ll have to check it out… Looks like us poor
academics are given a break on the price :slight_smile:
Craig

Railroad does this (after a fashion) http://railroad.rubyforge.org/

So that rocks. When did the world get so ultra cool? Many, many
thanks.

plus one from me! Thank you very much!

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