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(computer science)
In software engineering, an outline of a program written in English or the user's natural language; it is used to plan the program, and also serves as a source for test engineers doing software maintenance, it cannot be compiled.


A notation resembling a programming language but not intended for actual compilation. It usually combines some of the structure of a programming language with an informal natural-language description of the computations to be carried out. It is often produced by CASE systems as a basis for later hand coding.


(1) The intermediate instructions generated from the source code of an interpreted language. See intermediate language.

(2) Natural language statements that represent the logic of a program. Similar in purpose to a flowchart, the pseudocode is written in the user's native language. It allows the programmer to state the basic logic of the application from which the source code will be written at a later time. The first pseudocode example below is entirely English, while the second one is English with a little bit of programming syntax. There are numerous pseudocode styles.

    ask user for two numbers
    add the two numbers
    display result

    function (Add2Numbers)
    display "Enter two numbers."
    get x and y
    display "The sum is x+y."
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