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pseudocode

[′süd·ō‚kōd]
(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.

Pseudocode

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.

pseudocode

(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."