Planning for a Computer Application
We have examined how the computer may be used as a tool for information-processing, and seen also how, in order for the power of the machine to be utilised effectively, the required processing must first be defined as a series of ordered instructions forming a program. In the case of simple, discrete information-handling problems, such as those outlined in Sect. 2.3, the specification of the problem and definition of a suitable algorithm for its solution poses no great problem for the potential computer user. Most data-processing problems, however, are not so straightforward.
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