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CHAPTER 19 — Structured Programming

This chapter discusses two topics of great interest in computer science: What machine instructions are needed in a processor, and: How to build programs that work. The MIPS instructions you have looked at so far are more than enough for a processor. The structured programming approach is used to build reliable programs.

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Much of the chapter is about the following question, which, oddly, is usually ignored in introductory courses.


When is one processor more powerful than another?