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automatic programming

automatic programming
1. The use of a high-level programming language. The term in this sense is now obsolete.

2. Generation of programs automatically from a nonprocedural description of their desired effect. Thus in artificial intelligence we describe the required actions of a robot, and the system generates a program that will cause the required movements to take place. In commercial data processing we describe the various documents – orders, invoices, delivery notes, etc. – and the relationship between the quantities involved, and the system generates a suite of programs to do the required processing. The term is falling into disuse. See also generator.

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