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This website aims to give a quick reference for VB.NET, Python and pseudocode and is aimed primarily at teachers & students working towards a GCSE in Computer Science
VB.NET and Python are both programming languages designed to be understood and followed by computers. Pseudocode is not a programming language: it's written to be understood by humans so that they can turn it into any programming language.
Each exam board has published a document saying how they'll write pseudocode in their exams. The whole idea of syntax (a set of rules) for pseudocode is silly - it's not designed to be a programming language that is run by a computer. With this in mind, all exam boards state that you don't have to follow the syntax for 'their' version of pseudocode when you write out your own algorithms, but you should be able to understand their version of pseudocode when reading an algorithm in an exam.
Each skill has example code in VB.NET, Python and Pseudocode for Edexcel, Eduqas and OCR GCSE.
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A function is like a procedure except that it always returns a value.
Parameters are variables that allow you to send data to the function to customise what it does or how it works.
The parameters are the variables named in brackets after the function name.
This return value is calculated when the function is called and can be saved into a variable or used later in the program.
Both functions and procedures are sections of code that have been given a name, which can be re-used to do something useful.
This example defines a function which will generate and return a random number. It has two parameters which allow you to set the minimum and maximum number the random number will be between.
This function is called to choose a random number between 10 and 20 and then called again to choose a random number between 50 and 100. Both numbers are returned and saved into separate variables.