Flow perspectives show relations between resources flowing from left-to-right (or top-to-bottom). Flow diagrams are perfect for showing dependencies, ownership, responsibility and other relations between your resources. Generally, flow (and ring) diagrams are best for showing static relationships between resources, while sequence perspectives are best for showing dynamic relationships.
To create a flow perspective, simply declare relations in your perspective using the relations property.
In IDL, relations are defined like so:
# Resource tree omitted ... perspectives: - name: Service relations: - from: MiniChat to: WhosWho - from: Quick Send to: WhosWho - from: Quick Send to: LongStore ...
When rendered, this perspective might look like the following:
Though there isn’t much detail yet, this perspective shows which services (WhosWho and LongStore) are used by which applications (MiniChat and Quick Send).
Combining relations using commas
We can combine two of the above relations by defining multiple resources in the to property, separated by commas:
... relations: - from: MiniChat to: WhosWho - from: Quick Send to: WhosWho, LongStore # Use commas to separate resources ...
This short-hand can be used wherever resources are referenced.
We can make relations more explicit by adding labels to their arrows:
... perspectives: - name: Service defaultRelationLabel: Depends On relations: ...
All of the arrows in this perspective are now labeled:
As the name defaultRelationLabel implies, this label is used only for relations that don’t have an explicit label. Use the label property set the arrow label on individual relations:
... - from: Quick Send to: WhosWho label: Uses ...
If you would like to say more about a relation than will fit in a label, you can add that in its description property.
... - from: Quick Send to: WhosWho label: Uses description: Retrieves user information and permissions ...
The description appears when the user mouses-over the relation label. On mobile, the description appears when the user taps the label.