13.11. GlossaryΒΆ


A way of designing programs by writing rough drafts in a combination of English and C++.

helper function:

Often a small function that does not do anything enormously useful by itself, but which helps another, more useful, function.

top-down design:

A method of program development that uses pseudocode to sketch solutions to large problems and design the interfaces of helper functions.


An algorithm for sorting a collection of values. Mergesort is faster than the simple algorithm in the previous chapter, especially for large collections.

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