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Structured programs

Summary
Flowcharts and design structure diagrams are two techniques for displaying the structure of a program. They help the programmer to write efficient programs that will work as intended. Long programs are best broken down into a number of sub-programs, known as modules. Subroutines and functions are modules of a special kind. The operation of the stack and the action of interrupts are two other features of importance to programmers.

The programs described in Chapter 10 are so short that is it easy to read through them and understand what they do. Mostly, they list a sequence of steps that the processor must take, starting at the beginning, continuing to the end and then stopping. Even in some of these simple ...

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