“Pseudocode is a compact and informal high-level description of a computer programming algorithm that uses the structural conventions of a programming language, but is intended for human reading rather than machine reading. Pseudocode typically omits details that are not essential for human understanding of the algorithm, such as variable declarations, system-specific code and subroutines. The programming language is augmented with natural language descriptions of the details, where convenient, or with compact mathematical notation. The purpose of using pseudocode is that it is easier for humans to understand than conventional programming language code, and that it is a compact and environment-independent description of the key principles of an algorithm.”(Princeton.edu 2015)
In simple terms Pseudocode creates an informal written language that helps to create the structure to code within programming languages. It gives both programmers and non programmers a break down that leads to a step by step guidance of what the actions/things its post to do showing each stage of its process. This is beneficial as this can be applied to all the programming languages even if you have no experience the pseudocode allows you to see what you would want to do keeping the documents as a reference when it come to the real coding.
By using pseudocode I will personally be able to find it much more easier to come to the conclusion of using processing, this is because I without a doubt find coding difficult but with the use of pseudocode I believe I will be able to make more progress with my project then I would by just jumping straight into the program without any knowledge.
An example can be viewed below to show how simple the actions of pseudocode can be:
Princeton.edu, 2015. Pseudocode. [online] Available from: http://www.princeton.edu/~achaney/tmve/wiki100k/docs/Pseudocode.html [Accessed 14 Jan. 2015].