Script Pseudo-Coding


Sometimes, scriptwriters skip important steps in their haste to get code into production. Scripting is essentially the process of translating our thoughts into another language. If you want to write a good script, you need to make sure your translation is as clear and complete as possible.

Writing your script in pseudo-code first can help clarify the eventual flow of the script and identify the elements necessary for the script to work properly. Pseudo-coding can save you time because it lessens the chance that you'll later discover faulty coding logic. Pseudo-coding also helps you segment the code into sections in a given script or modules that can become subroutines in the script.

The script in this article's Listing 1 contains a basic Recurse module that you can modify slightly to perform many functions. Table A shows how pseudo-code translates between English and Perl code.

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