UiPath Best Practices : Workflow Design

Layout Diagrams

UiPath offers three diagrams for integrating activities into a working structure when developing a workflow file:

• Flowchart
• Sequence
• State Machine

Flowchart

Flowcharts offer more flexibility for connecting activities and tend to lay out a workflow in a plane two-dimensional manner. Because of its free form and visual appeal, flowcharts are best suited for showcasing decision points within a process. Arrows that can point anywhere closely resemble the unstructured GoTo programming statement and therefore make large workflows prone to chaotic interweaving of activities

Sequence

Sequences have a simple linear representation that flows from top to bottom and are best suited for simple scenarios when activities follow each other. For example, they are useful in UI automation, when navigation and typing happens one click/keystroke at a time. Because sequences are easy to assemble and understand they are the preferred layout for most workflows.

State Machine

State Machine is a rather complex structure that can be seen as a flowchart with conditional arrows, called transitions. It enables a more compact representation of logic and we found it suitable for a standard high level process diagram of transactional business process template.

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