Wednesday, August 5, 2009

What is Programming?

Programming, on a general level, means making a system, machine, person etc. do something commanded by someone else.

A system is programmable if it can
-Receive and understand given orders
-Execute those orders in correct sequence

Programming consists of the following phases:
1. Understanding the problem and the desired result
2. Creating a solution of the problem at hand
3. Explaining the solution in detail to the programmed system so that the system understand it thoroughly

Phase 2 is usually the most difficult. It requires a knowledge of how the problem should and can be solved. Phase 3 requires the knowledge of the system that is programmed.

From this point onwards programming means programming a computer i.e. the process needed to make the computer do what the user wants it to do. A computer is a programmable system.

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