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From "Joseph Kesselman (Jira)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (NIFI-7782) Visually distinct processors, _PLEASE_
Date Tue, 01 Sep 2020 14:02:00 GMT
Joseph Kesselman created NIFI-7782:

             Summary: Visually distinct processors, _PLEASE_
                 Key: NIFI-7782
             Project: Apache NiFi
          Issue Type: Wish
            Reporter: Joseph Kesselman

If you're going to insist upon reinventing flowcharts and beanboxes, please learn the lessons
those have to teach. One of the most important (outside of "programmers hate them, for good
reasons") is that if the visual representation is to have any value at all it has to be _VISUAL_
– you need to take full advantage of the medium to help convey the meaning of the diagram.
Rectangles that can at most be tagged with colors (and processor groups don't even allow that)
give us nothing to work with for understanding the flow's actual operation. At the very least
adopt the old flowcharting conventions – cylinder for storage, diamond for decision, scroll
for print/report, and so on. Those would also help flows retain meaning when we're scrolled
out far enough that you've stopped displaying their text.

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