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Programming by questionnaire: an effective way to use decision tables

Programming by questionnaire combines aspects of decision table programming and general purpose programming by using decision tables to construct an application program through the selection of certain source statements from a predefined file. It is proposed that programming by questionnaire is a useful compromise between general and special purpose programming for a significant class of large scale problems. The elements of the approach are discussed and an existing application is described.

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