Guide to Development and use of Electronic Computer Programs: Coding

by Charles W. Zahler,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 9, Pg. 1813-1823

Document Type: Journal Paper


As coders make numerous decisions, for the most part individually trivial but collectively significant, their effect on the efficiency of a computer program suggests that more than a superficial ability is required. Their principal function is the accurate and effective translation of hardware-independent flow diagrams into a language acceptable to a specific machine configuration. To do this requires a thorough knowledge of that particular computer's capabilities so as to best utilize whatever advantages the hardware may possess. The judicious selection of the language to be used makes a corresponding demand to know the implementation features of the available software. The higher the language level selected, the more the actual coding resembles the flow diagram and the less flexibility is permitted or ingenuity required of the coder. It is not inconceivable that the flow chart will become virtually identical with some more sophisticated languages so that the present role of the coder will remain only in software development.

Subject Headings: Computer software | Equipment and machinery | Computer languages

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