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From "Joe Witt (Jira)" <>
Subject [jira] [Updated] (NIFI-7782) Visually distinct processors
Date Tue, 01 Sep 2020 14:46:00 GMT


Joe Witt updated NIFI-7782:
    Summary: Visually distinct processors  (was: Visually distinct processors, _PLEASE_)

> Visually distinct processors
> ----------------------------
>                 Key: NIFI-7782
>                 URL:
>             Project: Apache NiFi
>          Issue Type: Wish
>            Reporter: Joseph Kesselman
>            Priority: Major
> 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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