Code into PDF flow charts
Code into PDF flow charts
Written by Mike James   
Wednesday, 07 April 2010

If you think that flowcharts are just for beginers then consider how helpful it would be to have one for a complex legacy system that you have to fix! Aivosto's new Visustin tool can create one directly from the code.


The new Visustin v6 from Aivosto can create PDF flow charts from 36 programming languages. It reads the source code and "visualizes" each function as a flow chart.The idea is that this helps you  to see how the functions operate. A "bird's eye" view gives a less detailed overview of a complex routine and viewing two charts side by side lets one compare different versions of a function.


Generating the flow charts from the code also means that they represent the actual code and not a plan for the code you should have written as such they should be an accurate visulization of what your app really does.

PDF support is new in version 6 and  the ability to zoom makes PDF flow charts a convenient format for documenting even the most convoluted modules - although it is arguable that you shouldn't actually have any convoluted modules in a good project!

In addition to flow charts, Visustin creates UML Activity Diagrams and Visio flow diagrams directly from code.

A particularly useful feature is its support of a range of languages that are typically found in troublesome legacy systems - Cobol, MVS JCL, Visual FoxPro, Fortran, IAR/MSP 430 0, Ada etc. Having a flowchart generated from the code could well provide a good guide to exploring the overall structure and the deeper details of a difficult legacy system.

The complete list of  supported programming languages is:

Ada, C/C++, C#, Clipper, COBOL, ColdFusion, Delphi, Fortran, IAR/MSP430, Java, JavaScript, JCL (MVS), JSP, LotusScript, MASM, Matlab, NASM, Pascal, Perl, PHP, PL/I, PL/SQL, PowerScript, PureBasic, Python, QuickBASIC, REALbasic, Rexx, SAS, T-SQL, Visual Basic, VBA, VBScript, VB.NET, Visual FoxPro and XSLT.

Supported operating systems:

Visustin runs on Windows 98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7.

$249/Standard Edition

$499/Pro Edition.
A free evaluation version is available to download.






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