Interrelationship of `Data`, `BuiltinData`, and other Data-Related Alonzo Types

Because I sometimes find confusing the interrelationships of Data, BuiltinData, and other data-related types on Alonzo, I drew a diagram to clarify them: https://mantis.functionally.io/plutus-data/plutus-data.svg

If you know of any types or classes that are missing, I’d be happy to add them.

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Somewhat related: Do you know of any tools that can generate architecture/design diagrams for Haskell / Plutus?
Unrelated side tangent: Are you just using GHCI or is there a better developer environment available?

Apparently I have wildly taken for granted all the powerful IDE and other tools for OOP …
Been relying on grep and old-school development tactics via terminal over here!

The diagram in the original post was generated using graphviz because I needed a special-purpose diagram (not standard UML, for instance). I haven’t used automated generators for Haskell software diagrams, but I imagine that there are some on hackage.

I formerly used Leksah, then hdevtools+vim, then ghcmod+vim as an IDE, but these tools went through difficult periods in the past. Since then I’ve used vim (with various plug-ins) integrated with Haskell Language Server, hoogle (command-line and local server), hlint, ghci or cabal repl, and pointfree/pointful, all within a tmux session. When needed, I use threadscope and profilers, but these aren’t integrated.

One thing I appreciate about functional programming relative to OOP is that reasoning about effects is easier and safer. I think that affects what one needs in an IDE, but I don’t know how to articulate that yet.

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graphviz is pretty automated if you write a little recursive snippet to build the nodes of the scene graph. Or at least I was able to do that with a rule engine dependency graph for Java in the past. I’m just spoiled. I like being able to create images from code and vice versa with tools like Enterprise Architect etc.

I’ll have to check out some of those plugins as I have been using vanilla vi + ghci mostly which is good enough for getting through Learn you a Haskell but not good enough for searching and dissecting Plutus examples and implementations across repositories.

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