Post by Dennis Boone Post by Ahem A Rivet's Shot
Nobody uses flowcharts these days.
Or, apparently, any other form of design documentation. That's
not a good thing.
Hmm, up until I retired, I wrote tons of documentation.
Back when this was on paper,
one person I know referred to them as "rare books".
We did a design that filled 8-10 loose leafs.
My last job I founds dozens of text and script files.
There was a main document and dozens of enhancement
descriptions. I rewrote everything I could find as HTML.
I ended up with maybe 5000 lines of prose.
I used tables whenever I had a list,
that might have been 5% of the written material.
Out of all that, I only had 2 hierarchy charts which
I changed from ASCII art to SVG. 5 or 6 boxes in each.
I only left them because they were there when I started.
I'm not a big chart fan, you can say "A" calls "B" or
you can put "A" and "B" in boxes and connect them with an arrow.
Pretty much that same thing.
Flowcharts were the thing in the 60s and 70s.
When it turned out you could run your COBOL through a
program and produce a flow chart, flow charts fell out
of favor. Pseudo code was quite popular in the 70s or
maybe 80s but I was never a fan. Now I look at all of that
as a way of coding, so I just write the code liberally
sprinkled with comments about what I haven't written yet.