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Program Documentation Aid Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000069363D
Original Publication Date: 1978-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-20

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Theisen, P [+details]

Abstract

Computer programs are documented by descriptive texts. Such a text can be written supplementary to an instruction as well as in the form of a summary covering whole program parts. In addition, computer programs are represented by means of more or less detailed flow charts. Experience has shown that programs are frequently changed both during testing and whenever extensions are made at a later date. In the case of program changes, the texts are generally changed, too, since they form part of the program. The charts once drawn are generally neglected in this process, since they are separate documents. Experience has shown that eventually the charts and the final program are no longer identical, so that they are misleading and useless.