procedural programming

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procedural programming

[prə‚sē·jə·rəl ′prō‚gram·iŋ]
(computer science)
A list of instructions telling a computer, step-by-step, what to do, usually having a linear order of execution from the first statement to the second and so forth with occasional loops and branches. Procedural programming languages include C, C++, Fortran, Pascal, and Basic.
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procedural language

A programming language that requires programming discipline, such as C/C++, Java, COBOL, FORTRAN, Perl and JavaScript. Also called an "imperative language," programmers writing in such languages must develop a proper order of actions in order to solve the problem, based on a knowledge of data processing and programming. For a procedural vs. non-procedural language example, see non-procedural language.
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