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Volume 38, Number 2/3, Page 231 (1999)
Turning Points in Computing: 1962-1999
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Structured design

by W. P. Stevens, G. J. Myers, L. L. Constantive
Please note: This previously published IBM Systems Journal paper was reprinted for this special retrospective issue.

Considerations and techniques are proposed that reduce the complexity of programs by dividing them into functional modules. This can make it possible to create complex systems from simple, independent, reusable modules. Debugging and modifying programs, reconfiguring I/O devices, and managing large programming projects can all be greatly simplified. And, as the module library grows, increasingly sophisticated programs can be implemented using less and less new code.

Related Subjects: Programming