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#include "MusimatTutorial.h"

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 MusimatTutorialSection (B0101)

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MusimatTutorialSection ( B0101   )

Definition at line 2 of file B0101.cpp.

        Print("*** B.1.1 Basic Elements ***");
         B.1.1 Basic Elements
         Virtually all programming languages, including Musimat, share the following characteristics:
         o Flow control -- Specifying the order in which the steps are to be taken.
         o Data types -- Naming the kinds of objects to be operated on and describing their behaviors. Types 
         of numbers, such as integer and real are common basic data types.
         o Variables -- Names of places to hold data of various types.
         o Operators -- A set of actions that can be performed on data. Operations like "add", "assign", and 
         "select" perform well-defined operations on the data. 
         o Conditional evaluation -- Making decisions based on circumstances and taking appropriate 
         o Iteration -- If an algorithm is to be applied repeatedly to data, for instance, the way Euclid's 
         method does, then we need a way to express this.
         o Recursion -- If a future output depends upon a current or previous output as well as possibly the 
         current inputs, we say that the relationship is recursive.
         o Data structures -- It is sometimes necessary to group data into collections, such as sets, lists, 
         arrays, and matrices. The types of these data structures can be homogeneous (all alike) or heter-
         ogeneous (a mixed bag).
         o Named methods -- When we've developed a set of instructions that does something useful, we 
         want to be able to give it a name, like "Euclid's method" or "Guido's method." Since programming 
         languages developed out of the mathematics of functions, we use functional notation to represent 
         the operation of methods.