Procedural Language

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What Does Procedural Language Mean?

A procedural language is a type of computer programming language that specifies a series of well-structured steps and procedures within its programming context to compose a program. It contains a systematic order of statements, functions and commands to complete a computational task or program.

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Procedural language is also known as imperative language.

Techopedia Explains Procedural Language

A procedural language, as the name implies, relies on predefined and well-organized procedures, functions or sub-routines in a program’s architecture by specifying all the steps that the computer must take to reach a desired state or output.

The procedural language segregates a program within variables, functions, statements and conditional operators. Procedures or functions are implemented on the data and variables to perform a task. These procedures can be called/invoked anywhere between the program hierarchy, and by other procedures as well. A program written in procedural language contains one or more procedures.

Procedural language is one of the most common types of programming languages in use, with notable languages such as C/C++, Java, ColdFusion and PASCAL.

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