On Wed, 2008-04-02 at 09:49 -0500, Mikkel L. Ellertson wrote:
Don't forget flow charts - you were always supposed to start by
charting the problem before generating any code.
Hmm, wasn't quite the way we were taught. Although we were taught to
use them, we generally started off with a design brief; then an outline
of your variables, controls, and the basic premise behind your program's
technique; then you started writing code using mnemonics (*); then you'd
write out the op codes for those mnemonics, along with their data (*YOU*
were the compiler); then you'd manually enter it into your
If your program used complex conditionals, then you might bother with a
flowchart where you're designing your program technique. But we usually
did that in our heads.
* mnemonics are abbreviations for CPU operational codes, like "LDA" for
LoaD the following data into the A accumulator (pretty much like writing
(This computer runs FC7, my others run FC4, FC5 & FC6, in case that's
important to the thread.)
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