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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.

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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.*

# Define the function
FUNCTION ChooseRandomBetween(min, max)
BEGIN FUNCTION
INTEGER n
SET n TO RANDOM(max - min) + min
RETURN n
END FUNCTION
# Call the function
INTEGER FirstNumber
SET FirstNumber = ChooseRandomBetween(10, 20)
INTEGER SecondNumber
SET SecondNumber TO ChooseRandomBetween(50, 100)

' Define the function
Sub ShowRandomBetween(min As Integer, max As Integer)
dim n As Integer
n = (Rnd() * (max - min)) + min
Return n
End Function
' Call the function
Dim FirstNumber As Integer
FirstNumber = ShowRandomBetween(10, 20)
Dim SecondNumber As Integer
SecondNumber = ShowRandomBetween(50, 100)

import random
# define the function
def choose_random_between(min, max):
print(random.randint(min, max))
# call the function
first_number = choose_random_between(10, 20)
second_number = choose_random_between(50, 100)

// this code assumes there is a function defined called random(min, max)
// which chooses a random number between a minimum and maximum (inclusive)
// this is not in the pseudocode spec
// define the function
function choose_random_between(min, max):
return random(min, max)
endfunction
// call the function
first_number = choose_random_between(10, 20)
second_number = choose_random_between(50, 100)

{ not specified in eduqas pseudocode reference }

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