Sunday, June 05, 2005

Going dotty

I'm shocked, stunned and somewhat embarrased to admit that I have only recently cottoned on to the power of graph visualisation programs such as graphviz.

The .dot files that are at the center of Graphvis are a wonderful example of the expressive power of a well thought out, plain text notation.

When I type "start foo.dot" on a Windows PC command line, Microsoft Word starts (because .dot is MS Office speak for "Word template"). That is of course, fair enough, but it sure tickles my irony bone.

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