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8.5. Flowchart

A flowchart is a diagrammatic representation of the logic for solving a task. A flowchart is drawn using boxes of different shapes with lines connecting them to show the flow of control. The purpose of drawing a flowchart is to make the logic of the program clearer in a visual form. There is a famous saying “A photograph is equivalent to thousand words”. The same can be said of flowchart. The logic of the program is communicated in a much better way using a flowchart. Since flowchart is a diagrammatic representation, it forms a common medium of communication.

8.5.1. Flowchart Symbols

A flowchart is drawn using different kinds of symbols. A symbol used in a flowchart is for a specific purpose. Figure 8.1 shows the different symbols of the flowchart along with their names. The flowchart symbols are available in most word processors including MS-WORD, facilitating the programmer to draw a flowchart on the computer using the word processor.


  

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