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developerWorks: Mastering Recursive Programming

Jun 22, 2005, 05:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"For new computer science students, the concept of recursive programming is often difficult. Recursive thinking is difficult because it almost seems like circular reasoning. It's also not an intuitive process; when we give instructions to other people, we rarely direct them recursively.

"For those of you who are new to computer programming, here's a simple definition of recursion: Recursion occurs when a function calls itself directly or indirectly..."

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