What Is A Flowchart? Its Functions And Applications?

Flowcharts are often used in software design to clarify the intended operation of the application. We are sometimes asked what you can use flowcharts for. In this article, we give you the first introduction.

What is a flowchart?

A flowchart is a schematic representation of the course of the procedures. This can be in a (web) application, but also the ‘offline’ world: how does information provision work, and what happens with actions of a user or system? With the help of a flowchart, it is possible to display complex circuits or procedures in a clear format.

A flow chart (flowchart) can be used to provide insight into the interpretation of various sub-processes and process steps.

Flow charts are used to:

  • determine which sub-processes should be monitored;
  • identify errors / deviations in sub-processes;
  • standardize changes.

Flow charts, or flowcharts, are used in both production-oriented and service organizations. The schematic representation of a (sub) process offers the user the opportunity to make experiences and findings public through visualization. The simplicity of a flowchart ensures that it can be read and understood by almost everyone involved. This makes a flowchart a commonly used method for production and logistics flows, as well as administrative and after-sales flows.


The function of it in application development

The software can be quite complex. Not only in the underlying code, but also in the processes that have to be followed to achieve a certain result. Processes for retrieving the correct data or, for example, cooperation with physical devices, machines such as a printer or photo camera. A flowchart can help to map such a process. It’s a flow chart. A flowchart is a flowchart for an application to visualize processes in the software. That visually shows all possible outcomes of a process. Microsoft Visio is a widely used flowchart program. There is a certain free flowchart creator available in the market today.

Here you can see an example of a flowchart. The different flows in an application are shown, answers to questions lead to new actions.

A flowchart contains a start and endpoint and input and output options. The paths followed by the application and decisions to be made are also mapped. These are presented according to fixed conventions. The initiator of a project to develop software can convey how the processes in his or her company run. It becomes a lot clearer for the developers of the software what needs to be done for the application to work that way. 


In addition to the identification of errors, flowcharts are frequently used to explain the choice and decision options for the user. Flowcharts are applied in different degrees; from a single simple schematic image to a complete process description spread over several pages. Flowcharts are used during (quality) improvement projects to detect deviations and waste in a process. Symbols are used, which (depending on the level and depth of the flowchart) can have a specific meaning. However, this is not always the case! Many organizations choose symbols by design, to distinguish between different levels or aspects.

The benefits of a flowchart

Within the code of an application, decisions have to be continuously made: is the correct data available, what if a result is negative or a connected printer gives an error? Many possible scenarios are captured in the code and a flowchart makes these scenarios easy to understand. It also helps to test the application thoroughly so that the chance of a bug is greatly reduced.


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