Excalidraw: Shapes for UML & ER Diagrams

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Excalidraw is a fairly new (having started in January 2020) virtual whiteboard software for creating diagrams with a hand-drawn aspect.

I really like the aesthetics of diagrams created with Excalidraw. They have a natural feel and elegance to them.

However, when recently revising some of the diagrams for Stratospheric – From Zero to Production with Spring Boot and AWS I found Excalidraw to be lacking shapes for UML & ER diagrams. I know, not everyone is fond of those, but if you keep them simple and don’t overdo it they serve a useful purpose in outlining and explaining software designs.

Hence, a few days ago, I created and contributed
a new library with shapes for UML & ER diagrams to Excalidraw.

Excalidraw allows you to easily extend its existing library and their developers are responsive and open to contributions.

About the author: Bjoern
Independent IT consultant, entrepreneur

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