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Introduction to programming

Introduction to Programming

Prof. George Zolla

Prof. Gary Porter (IS 2020)




  • A program is a set of step-by-step instructions that directs the computer to do the tasks you want it to do and produce the results you want.

Programming languages

Programming Languages

  • A programming language is a set of rules that provides a way of telling a computer what operations to perform.

What can a program do

What Can a Program Do?

  • A program can only instruct a computer to:

    • Read Input

    • Sequence

    • Calculate

    • Store data

    • Compare and branch

    • Iterate or Loop

    • Write Output

Sequence control structures

Sequence Control Structures

  • Sequence control structures direct the order of program instructions.

  • The fact that one instruction follows another—in sequence—establishes the control and order of operations.



  • A program can instruct a computer to perform mathematical operations.

Add 1 to Counter



  • A program will often instruct a computer to store intermediate results.

Place 1 in Counter

Compare and branch

Compare and Branch

  • A program can instruct a computer to compare two items and do something based on a match or mismatch which, in turn, redirect the sequence of programming instructions.

    • There are two forms:

    • IF-THEN


If then





True statement a


Test condition p

If then else


Test condition p



“false” statement a

“true” statement a





  • A program loop is a form of iteration. A computer can be instructed to repeat instructions under certain conditions.


Iteration control structures

Iteration Control Structures

  • Iteration control structures are looping mechanisms.

  • Loops repeat an activity until stopped. The location of the stopping mechanism determines how the loop will work:

  • Leading decisions

  • Trailing decisions

Leading decisions

Leading Decisions

  • If the stop is at the beginning of the iteration, then the control is called a leading decision.

  • The command DO WHILE performs the iteration and places the stop at the beginning.

Do while loop




Test condition p


Loop statement a


Trailing decisions

Trailing Decisions

  • If the stop is at the end of the iteration, the control mechanism is called a trailing decision.

  • The command DO UNTIL performs the iteration and puts the stop at the end of the loop.

Do until loop





Test condition p


Loop statement a

Programs are solutions to problems

Programs are Solutionsto Problems

  • Programmers arrive at these solutions by using one or more of these devices:

  • Logic flowcharts

  • Structure charts

  • Pseudocode

  • Structured Programming

Logic flowcharts

Logic Flowcharts

  • These represent the flow of logic in a program and help programmers “see” program design.

Common flowchart symbols

Common Flowchart Symbols

Terminator. Shows the starting and ending points of the program. A terminator has flowlines in only one direction, either in (a stop node) or out (a start node).

Data Input or Output. Allows the user to inputdata and results to be displayed.

Processing. Indicates an operation performed by the computer, such as a variable

assignment or mathematical operation.

Decision. The diamond indicates a decision structure. A diamond always has two

flowlines out. One flowlineout is labeled the “yes” branch and the other is labeled the

“no” branch.

Predefined Process. One statement denotes a group of previously defined statements.

For instance, “Calculate m!” indicates that the program executes the necessary commands

to compute m factorial.

Connector. Connectors avoid crossing flowlines, making the flowchart easier to read.

Connectors indicate where flowlines are connected. Connectors come in pairs, one with

a flowline in and the other with a flowline out.

Off-page connector. Even fairly small programs can have flowcharts that extend several

pages. The off-page connector indicates the continuation of the flowchart on another

page. Just like connectors, off-page connectors come in pairs.

Flowline. Flowlines connect the flowchart symbols and show the sequence of operations during the program execution.

Common Flowchart Symbols

Flowchart for a cash register program



Input price






tax=sum x 0.0725


Output sum, tax,

and total


Flowchart for aCash Register Program

Structure charts

Structure Charts

  • Structure charts illustrate the structure of a program by showing independent hierarchical steps.

  • Major divisions are subdivided into smaller pieces of information.



  • This device is not visual but is considered a “first draft” of the actual program.

  • Pseudocode is written in the programmer’s native language and concentrates on the logic in a program—not the syntax of a programming language.

Pseudocode for a cash register program

Pseudocode for aCash Register Program


While More items do

Input price


End While

tax=sum x 0.0725


Output sum, tax, total

Structured programming

Structured Programming

  • Structured program languages lend themselves to flowcharts, structure charts, and pseudocode.

  • Structured programming languages work best where the instructions have been broken up into small, manageable parts.

The program development cycle

The Program Development Cycle

Analyze the problem

Design the solution algorithm

Design the user interface

Write the code

Test and debug the program

Complete the documentation

Levels of programming languages

Levels of Programming Languages

  • Machine language

  • Assembly Language

  • High Level Languages

  • Fourth Generation Languages (4GL)

Machine languages

Machine Languages

  • different for each computer processor






    . . .

Assembly languages

Assembly Languages

  • different for each computer processor

    mainproc pay

    mov ax, dseg

    mov ax, 0b00h

    add ax, dx

    mov a1, b1

    mul b1, ax

    mov b1, 04h

High level languages

High-Level Languages

  • Higher Level Languages

    • Use traditional programming logic where the programming instructions tell the computer what to do and how to perform the required operations.

  • 4GLs

    • Use high-level English-like instructions to specify what to do, not how to do it .

Interpreter vs compiler

Interpreter vs Compiler

  • Interpreter

    • Translates instructions to machine code line-by-line.

  • Compiler

    • Translates the entire program to machine code before running it.

Types of programming languages

Types of Programming Languages

  • Machine language

  • Procedure-oriented languages

  • Object-oriented languages

  • Event-driven languages

Procedure oriented languages

Procedure-Oriented Languages



  • Pascal

  • C

  • Ada

Ooed languages

OOED Languages

  • Object-oriented languages

    • Smalltalk

    • C++

    • Ada 95

  • Event-driven languages

    • Visual Basic

    • most Visual languages

Programmer s lingo

Programmer’s Lingo

Program - detailed set of instructions for a computer

Programming Language - tool used to create a program; defined by semantics and syntax

Semantics- the meaning of words in a language

Syntax- rules for combining symbols of a language

Programmer s lingo1

Programmer’s Lingo

Source Code (code) - program you write using a programming language

Interpreter- translates and executes source code statement by statement

Programmer s lingo2

Programmer’s Lingo

Interpreter Process

Programmer s lingo3

Programmer’s Lingo

Compiler Process

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