procedural language definition language
Any programming language
in which the programmer specifies an explicit sequences of steps to follow to produce a result (an algorithm
The term should not be confused with "imperative language
" - a language that specifies explicit manipulation of state. An example (non-imperative) procedural language is LOGO
, which specifies sequences of steps to perform but does not have an internal state.
Other procedural languages include Basic
, and Modula-2
Both procedural and imperative languages are in contrast to declarative languages, in which the programmer specifies neither explicit steps nor explicit state manipulation.