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Saturday, June 05, 2010

Data/Control flow

I draw Data-Control flow diagrams for better understanding of some process in code. It looks something like that:



  • ---> – control flow
  • ==> data flow
  • Ellipsis – method
  • Rectangle – data storage
  • Rectangle with rounded corners – class
  • If ellipsis is located on the border of a class – it is a public method

Such diagrams help me later to understand place of some piece of code in some process in system.

It is critical not to draw unnecessary details on a diagram and stay focused on the current task, in other case a diagram will be unreadable. For example diagram in this post is near the edge of readability – lots of intersections are signs of it.