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Manual Reference Pages  -  UMLCLASS.PL (1)

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NAME

umlclass.pl - Utility to generate UML class diagrams from Perl source or runtime

CONTENTS

SYNOPSIS



    $ umlclass.pl -M Foo -o foo.png -p "^Foo::"

    $ umlclass.pl -o bar.gif -p "Bar::|Baz::" lib/Bar.pm lib/*/*.pm

    $ umlclass.pl -o blah.png -p Blah -r ./blib

    $ umlclass.pl --without-inherited-methods -o blah.png -r lib



DESCRIPTION

This is a simple command-line frontend for the UML::Class::Simple module.

I’ll illustrate the usage of this tool via some real-world examples.

    Draw Stevan’s Moose



  $ umlclass.pl -M Moose -o samples/moose_small.png -p "^(Class::MOP|Moose::)" -s 4x8



This command will generate a simple class diagram in PNG format for the Moose module with classes having names matching the regex "^(Class::MOP|Moose::)". The image’s width is 4 inches while its height is 8 inches.

We need the -M option here since umlclass.pl needs to preload Moose into the memory so as to inspect it at runtime.

The graphical output is given below:

(See also <http://perlcabal.org/agent/images/moose_small.png>.)

Yes, the image above looks very fuzzy since the whole stuff is huge. If you strip the -s option, then the resulting image will enlarge automatically:



  $ umlclass.pl -M Moose -o samples/moose_big.png -p "^(Class::MOP|Moose::)"



The image obtained is really really large, I won’t show it here, but you can browse it in your favorite picture browser from <http://perlcabal.org/agent/images/moose_big.png>.

Before trying out these commands yourself, please make sure that you have Moose already installed. (It’s also on CPAN, btw.)

    Perl libraries that use Moose

Perl classes that inherit from Moose will have tons of meta methods like before, after, has, and meta, which are not very interesting while plotting the class diagram. So it’s common practice to specify the --without-inherited-methods option like this:



  $ umlclass.pl --without-inherited-methods -o uml.png -r lib



If you also add --moose-roles, extra edges will appear in the graph, in an alternate color, representing the relationships between roles and their consumers.

    Draw Alias’s PPI



  $ umlclass.pl -M PPI -o samples/ppi_small.png -p "^PPI::" -s 10x10



(See also <http://perlcabal.org/agent/images/ppi_small.png>.)

Or the full-size version:



  $ umlclass.pl -M PPI -o samples/ppi_big.png -p "^PPI::"



(See <http://perlcabal.org/agent/images/ppi_big.png>.)

BTW, PPI is a prerequisite of this module.

    Draw FAST.pm from UML::Class::Simple’s Test Suite



  $ umlclass.pl -M FAST -o samples/fast.png -s 5x10 -r t/FAST/lib



This is an example of drawing classes contained in Perl source files.

    Draw Modules of Your Own

Suppose that you’re a CPAN author too and want to produce a class diagram for all the classes contained in your lib/ directory. The following command can do all the hard work for you:



    $ umlclass.pl -o mylib.png -r lib



or just plot the packages in the specified .pm files:



    $ umlclass.pl -o a.png lib/foo.pm lib/bar/baz.pm



or even specify a pattern (in perl regex) to filter out the packages you want to draw:



    $ umlclass.pl -o a.png -p "^Foo::" lib/foo.pm



Quite handy, isn’t it? ;-)

IMPORTANT ISSUES

Never feed plain module names to umlclass.pl, for intance,



  $ umlclass.pl Scalar::Defer  # DO NOT DO THIS!



will lead you to the following error message:



  error: input file Scalar::Defer not found.



Use -M and -p options to achieve your goals:



  $ umlclass.pl -M Scalar::Defer -p "Scalar::Defer"



In this example, I must warn you that you may miss the packages which belong to Scalar::Defer but don’t have Scalar::Defer in their names. I’m sorry for that. umlclass.pl is not that smart.

The safest ways to do this are
1. Don’t specify the -p regex option and generate a large image which shows every classes including CORE modules, figure out the appropriate class name pattern yourself, and rerun umlclass.pl with the right regex pattern.
2. Grab the Scalar::Defer’s tarball, and do something like this:



   $ umlclass.pl -r Scalar-Defer-0.07/lib



It’s worth mentioning that when .pl or .pm files are passing as the command line arguments, only the classes defined in these files will be drawn. This is a feature. :)

For .pm files on your disk, simply pass them as the command line arguments. For instance:



   $ umlclass.pl -o bar.gif lib/Bar.pm lib/*/*.pm



or tell umlclass.pl to iterate through the directories for you:



   $ umlclass.pl -o blah.png -r ./lib



OPTIONS

--color color
-c color Sets the node color. Defaults to #f1e1f4.

You can either specify RGB values like #rrggbb in hex form, or color names like "grey and red".

--dot path Tell it where the graphviz dot program is
--exclude path
-E path excludes modules that were installed to path from the drawing. multiple -E options are supported.
--help
-h Shows the help message.
--include path
-I path Draws only the classes that were installed to path in the drawing. multiple -I options are supported.
-M module Preloads the module which contains the classes you want to depict. For example,



    $ umlclass.pl -M PPI -o ppi.png -p "^PPI::"



Multiple -M options are accepted. For instance:



    $ umlclass.pl -M Foo -M Bar::Baz -p "Class::"



--no-methods Don’t display method names in the output.
--no-inheritance Don’t show the inheritance relationships in the output. Not terribly useful unless you are using Moose and asking for --moose-roles.
--out outfile
-o outfile Specifies the output file name. Note that the file extension will be honored. If you specify "-o foo.png", a PNG image named foo.png will be generated, and if you specify "-o foo.dot", the dot source file named foo.dot will be obtained. If you specify "-o foo.xmi, the XMI model file will be generated. Likewise, -o foo.yml" will lead to a YAML file holding the whole internal DOM data.

A typical usage is as follows:



    $ umlclass.pl -o foo.yml lib/Foo.pm

    # ...edit the foo.yml so as to adjust the class info
    # feed the updated foo.dot back
    $ umlclass.pl -o foo.dot foo.yml

    # ...edit the foo.dot so as to adjust the graphviz dot source
    # now feed the updated foo.dot back
    $ umlclass.pl -o foo.png foo.dot



You see, umlclass.pl allows you to control the behaviors at several different levels. I really like this freedom, since tools can’t always do exactly what I want.

If no -o option was specified, a.png will be assumed.

--pattern regex
-p regex Specifies the pattern (perl regex) used to filter out the class names to be drawn.
--public-only
-P Shows public methods only.
--recursive
-r Processes subdirectories of input directories recursively.
--moose-roles If a package appears to be a Moose::Role, determine which other packages consume that role, and add that information to the graph in a different color from the inheritance hierarchy. Depending on the particular input classes and your personal artistic tastes, this may substantially alter the usefulness and/or cleanliness of the resulting diagram. For large package hierarchies, it is recommended to combine this with <B>--no-inheritanceB>.
--size
-s <w>x<h> Specifies the width and height of the resulting image. For example:



    -s 3.6x7

    --size 5x6



where the unit is inches instead of pixels.

--without-inherited-methods Do not show methods from parent classes.

All inherited and imported methods will be excluded. Note that if a method is overridden in the current subclass, it will still be included even if it appears in one of its ancestors.

TODO

o If the user passes plain module names like Foo::Bar, then its (and only its) ancestors and subclasses will be drawn. (This is suggested by Christopher Malon.)

AUTHORS

Agent Zhang <agentzh@gmail.com>, Maxim Zenin <max@foggy.ru>

COPYRIGHT

Copyright 2006 by Agent Zhang. All rights reserved.

This library is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the same terms as perl itself.

SEE ALSO

UML::Class::Simple.
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