A block diagram is well known to be the one, with help of which it is convenient to illustrate a system as it is, mentioning its principal functions or parts in a way of the blocks connected with help of lines and so showing the relationships of these blocks. Widely used in hardware design, engineering, electronic design as well as software design, the block diagrams are used for higher level, as well as less detailed descriptions, intended to clarify the concepts of the system with no mentioning the details of the implementation itself. There are a few types of the block diagrams exist, one of which is so called “functional block diagram”, commonly used in the systems engineering field of business activity. You can apply such diagrams working for software engineering company as it is very useful tool for the IT specialist to represent the system.
Used for describing the functions as well as relationships between different elements within one system, functional block diagrams are popular nowadays and they can always be created, same as other block diagrams and many more other drawings, with help of ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagramming and drawing software. Once it’s ready, you can always use already created diagram for illustrating the functions of the system you try to describe with help of “blocks”, which represent the elements of this mentioned system. You can also show the output as well as the input elements of any block using the lines and so to show the relationships between completely different functions and functional sequences as well as paths for signals any time you need.
The functional block diagrams are often necessary for being used in many different complex systems for making it simpler to understand the way these systems work. With help of such diagrams it is always simpler to illustrate the relationships within any system, which has to be described as having a smart and professionally created in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM diagram, it is obvious to see each of the existing elements of a system as well as the way it functions as a whole.
Representing the data as a combination of ordinary functional blocks within one diagram means simplifying its understanding for those who are known to be the “target auditory”, such as the clients of the company, for example, and so such blocks in a way of a diagram can be used in the presentations or simply for the site of the company itself. There are many different specific functional block diagrams technics can be used for building the different software development methodologies.
Thus, any functional block diagram can be an example for the graphical language, which is typically used in the programmable controllers’ design in the industrial computing science, being one of the languages for control or logic configuration, such as a “Distributed Control System (DCS)” or “Programmable Logic Controller (PLC)”.
To succeed in creating a block diagram or any type of it, such as a function one, you can always make your own design symbols if you know how to do it and so to make the diagram using them in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM Although, there’s no need to do it anymore as the new product of CS Odessa, which is ConceptDraw STORE, can be downloaded right now from this site with the solutions available through it and so the stencil libraries with already pre-designed graphic objects.
Example 1. Block Diagrams Library Design Elements
Thus, the so called Block Diagrams Solution contains 5 stencil libraries offering a variety of pre-designed stencils and so enabling all ConceptDraw DIAGRAM users to make their own smart looking as well as professionally looking block diagrams. Having this solution, you can simply create any block diagram, including any Functional Block Diagram of any complexity within only a few hours, sometimes even minutes, depending on how familiar you are with the mentioned software and so the application.
The mentioned libraries are Block Diagrams Library, Raised Blocks Library, Blocks with Perspective Library, Connectors Library and Callouts Library. All together the mentioned 5 libraries contain 190 vector stencils and to get them you have to simply download the “Block Diagrams solution” both from the ConceptDraw STORE application after downloading ConceptDraw DIAGRAM unless you have this great and very useful software already.
The “Block diagrams library” includes such stencil elements, as Square, Rectangle, Rounded rectangle, Circle, Ellipse, Filleted rectangle, Curved Rectangle, Diamond, Hexagon, Octagon, Round Starburst, Sharp starburst, Starburst, Blunt starburst, File, Tag, Table, Cloud, Document, Brackets and parentheses, Partial layers, Add-on step block, Concentric layers, Auto-height textboxes, bars, etc.
The “Blocks with Perspective” stencil library includes the following design symbols: Down arrow, Up arrow, Right arrow, Left arrow, Left/Right arrow, Horizontal bar, open left end, Horizontal bar, closed both ends, Horizontal bar, open both ends, Horizontal bar, open right end, Vertical bar, close both ends, Vertical bar, open top end, Vertical bar, open both ends, Vertical bar, open bottom end, Up arrow, open, Down arrow, open, Right arrow, open, Left arrow, open, Up/Down arrow, Elbow block, Square block, Circle block, Frame block and other.
The “Callouts” one can be useful for representing what exactly some people think (or talk) about, as well as for some other purposes. There’re the objects, such as “Side line callout”, “Centre text callout”, “Side line elbow”, “Annotation”, “Bend callout”, “Braces with text”, “Callout”, “Balloon (Rounded rectangle)”, “Balloon (Ellipse callout)”, “Balloon (Cloud)”, “Balloon (Ellipse)”, “2-D word balloon”, “Balloon horizontal”, “Yellow note”, “Balloon vertical”, “Rounded stamp”, “Angled stamp”, etc.
Example 2. Block Diagrams Software
Having ConceptDraw DIAGRAM as well as ConceptDraw STORE means ensuring yourself in becoming capable to create any needed drawing, such as diagram, including any type of block ones, within a very short period of time by using the solutions, especially the “Block Diagrams” one.
Example 3. Document Management System Architecture
This sample was created in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM using the Block Diagrams Solution. It is a 3D block diagram which visually illustrates the parts of a Document Management System. An experienced user spent 5 minutes creating this sample.
Use the Block Diagrams Solution for ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software to create your own professional looking Block diagrams and schemes of any complexity quick, easy and effective.
The Block Diagrams designed with ConceptDraw DIAGRAM are vector graphic documents and are available for reviewing, modifying, converting to a variety of formats (image, HTML, PDF file, MS PowerPoint Presentation, Adobe Flash or MS Visio), printing and send via e-mail in one moment.
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A Venn diagram, sometimes referred to as a set diagram, is a diagramming style used to show all the possible logical relations between a finite amount of sets. In mathematical terms, a set is a collection of distinct objects gathered together into a group, which can then itself be termed as a single object. Venn diagrams represent these objects on a page as circles or ellipses, and their placement in relation to each other describes the relationships between them.
The Venn diagram example below visualizes the the class of language inclusions described by the Chomsky hierarchy.
Picture: Venn Diagram Examples for Problem Solving. Computer Science. Chomsky Hierarchy
ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is a powerful intelligent vector graphics engine that can be used to create basic diagrams including flowcharts, charts, workflows, flowcharts, organizational charts, business diagram, learn business diagrams, flow diagrams.
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Local area network connects computers and other network appliances within an area, such as office building or a campus. It can be difficult to provide such network without a predesigned plan. For these purposes you can use network diagram software, which helps you to create LAN network diagrams and office network diagrams quickly and effortless. This will speed up your work and you can save the diagram for the future network improvements.
The following diagram illustrates a network topology of the small office. LAN configuration has a star topology. The local network joins 8 computers among which are several desktop PCs, laptop, two iMacs and iBook. The end-point devices are divided into three groups. Each group is connected to its hub. There is a network printer and a modem, which are interconnected with other devices through a network server. Each computer on the LAN can access the server through a corresponding hub.
Picture: Network Diagram Software. LAN Network Diagrams. Physical Office Network Diagrams
When talking about engineering, one should define all the terms used, so anybody could understand the topic. Typical network glossary contains definitions of numerous network appliances, types of networks and cable systems. The understanding of basic is crucial for server management, network administration and investigating problems.
The network glossary defines terms related to networking and communications. The most of glossary items has their visual representation in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM libraries of the Computer Network Diagrams solution. This illustration presents a local area network (LAN) diagram. It designed to show the way the interaction of network devices in a local network. The diagram uses a library containing symbols of network equipment, connections and the end-point devices such as network printer, hubs, server, modem and finally computers (PC, mac, laptop). This diagram depicts a physical LAN topology.
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Beginning from the 19th century, people tried to tame electricity. Nowadays, electrical engineering covers a wide range of applications starting from providing illumination in our homes to developing space technologies. Considering the fact that every project needs documentation, engineers use electrical diagram software to develop these projects. Standard electrical symbols of electrical components are recognizable all around the world.
This illustration represents the 26 libraries that are supplied by the ConceptDraw Electrical Engineering solution. The Electric Engineering libraries contains about a thousand objects enabling you to draw various charts depicting electrical connections and circuits, along with schemes of different equipment and devices. The electric engineering libraries delivered with ConceptDraw solution meet the standards adopted in the image to electrical circuits. So they can be used by professionals along with amateurs in electrical engineering.
Picture: Electrical Diagram Software
Describing a workflow or approval process can take hours and be too complicated, especially since there are options to do it quickly and vividly. Diagrams called flowcharts replace long paragraphs of boring text and represent information in a graphic way. You can draw one on paper or you can use flowchart software to do it quickly and scalable. This kind of software is easy to use and you don’t need any special skills to start using it. In addition, there are a lot examples and predesigned templates on the Internet.
Flowcharts are a best tool for staking out a huge and complex process into some small readable parts. Surely, flowcharts can be drawn manually but the use of standard symbols that make it clear for a wide audience makes a software tool preferred for this task. The core for a successful flowchart is its simplicity. That is why often before beginning making flowchart through software, people draw the sketch on a piece of paper. Designing an effective flowchart means the combination of the data needed to be shown and the simplicity with which you depict it.
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A database is a data collection, structured into some conceptual model. Two most common approaches of developing data models are UML diagrams and ER-model diagrams. There are several notations of entity-relationship diagram symbols and their meaning is slightly different. Crow’s Foot notation is quite descriptive and easy to understand, meanwhile, the Chen notation is great for conceptual modeling.
An entity relationship diagrams look very simple to a flowcharts. The main difference is the symbols provided by specific ERD notations. There are several models applied in entity-relationship diagrams: conceptual, logical and physical. Creating an entity relationship diagram requires using a specific notation. There are five main components of common ERD notations: Entities, Actions, Attributes, Cardinality and Connections. The two of notations most widely used for creating ERD are Chen notation and Crow foot notation. By the way, the Crow foot notation originates from the Chen notation - it is an adapted version of the Chen notation.
Picture: ERD Symbols and Meanings
The Architecture Diagrams are the type of diagrams which help to system designers, system developers, and application developers to visualize the overall high-level structure of the system or application and depict the interactions between software systems, users, external systems, data sources, and services. The ConceptDraw DIAGRAM Architecture Diagrams Software provides the unique Cloud Computing Diagrams solution from the Computers and Network area of ConceptDraw Solution Park with wide set of powerful tools for fast and easy creating various types of Architecture diagrams.
Picture: Architecture Diagrams
For documenting the Cloud Computing Architecture with a goal to facilitate the communication between stakeholders are successfully used the Cloud Computing Architecture diagrams. It is convenient and easy to draw various Cloud Computing Architecture diagrams in ConceptDraw DIAGRAM software with help of tools of the Cloud Computing Diagrams Solution from the Computer and Networks Area of ConceptDraw Solution Park.
Picture: Cloud Computing Architecture Diagrams