A flowchart is a blueprint that pictorially represents the algorithm and its steps. The steps of a flowchart do not have a specific size and shape rather it is designed in different shapes and sizes (see the image given below).
As shown in the above image, the boxes in different shapes and interconnected with arrows, are logically making a flow chart. A flow-chart represents the general steps in a process.
Let us now discuss the benefits of a flowchart.
As it provides the pictorial representation of the steps; therefore, it simplifies the logic and subsequent steps.
Because of having easily understandable pictorial logic and steps, it is a better and simple way of representation.
Once the flow-chart is prepared, it becomes very simple to analyze the problem in an effective way.
The flow-chart also helps in coding process efficiently, as it gives directions on what to do, when to do, and where to do. It makes the work easier.
Further, flowchart also helps in finding the error (if any) in program
Last but not the least, a flowchart also helps in preparing the proper document (once the codes are written).
The following table illustrates the symbols along with their names (used in a flow-chart) −
|Flow Line||Magnetic Disk|