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I personally don't write pseudocode, primarily because the type of projects I work right now on tend to not need it. However, according to
    Code Complete
, pseudocode should adequately describe the functioning of the routine in detail enough to implement it in any language, yet not go into so much detail that it's obvious what language it was designed for.

For example, you wouldn't say "Increment $i by 1.", because you've limited what languages you can write this pseudo-code in. Instead, you'd say "Increment the Bank Record Number by 1.". Or, even better, you would say "Go to the next Bank Record."

Say you were taking money out of a ATM. (This is a common example in the books.) It might look something like:

Put your card into the ATM Input your PIN# when requested Input desired amount of money Wait for money to arrive Take money and card and receipt
Now, you can take those five lines and convert them into running code in any language, given a set of functions that can interface an ATM. I haven't limited your choice of language.

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In reply to Re: Re: Re: Re: best practice by dragonchild
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