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what is the main difference between top down approach of programming &bottom approach of programming?

Is there any difference in main function in c & c++ either during compilation or someother way
Jul 28 '07 #1
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Jul 28 '07 #2
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Top-down programmong (also called structured programming) consists for writing functions that call other functions until the code becomes obvious.

A program might read a disc file, do some processing, and display an output.

Top-down might be:

Level 1
Call Read
Call Process
Call Display

Level1 (for Call Read)
Call DoesFileExist
yes Call OpenFile
no Call ReturnError

Level 2 (for CallOpenFile)
Call DoesFileExist
yes. open file and return
no. rerturn error file does not exist


This is the classic C program.

Bottom-up propgramming has you write functions without knowingn how they will be used. Typically, this will be a class with member functions. In the above example, you may have a File class with an OpenFile method. You can write the class and the method without needing to know how the object will be used.

The theory is that by writing classes that interact with other classes you will have created program building blocks that can be used in many programs.

Top-down is usually a throw-away and record from scratch when modifications are needed. Top-down code is tightly intertwined. Often this is called monolithic code (one block of stone).
Jul 29 '07 #3
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Top Down Approach
What is Top Down Approach? Top Down approach is to start implementing Presentation Layer and then implement the Business Logic.

• Easy to visualize functionality.
• Sense of completeness in the requirement.
• Easy to show the progress of development.
• UI driven approach hence high possibility of redundant business logics.
• Since an UI is readily available no developer would write a Unit test cases.
• No Concrete layer to rely on, as both presentation & Business Logic keep evolving.
• Lack of concrete test suits to ensure one layer is tied up.
Bottom Up Approach
What is Bottom Up Approach? Bottom Up approach is to start with the concrete business logic and its testcase and proceed with presentation Implementation.

• Solid Business Logic, hence zero redundancy
• Good Unit test case can be written to validate changes.
• Developer has only option to use unit testing tools to test the Logic.
• Easy to manage changes and modification.
• Effort involved to write test cases.
• Progress of implementation cannot be show very effectively.

As the number of tier & layers getting more and more, the amount complexity due to loose coupling also increases. Business logic is one which need to be concrete, testable and manageable. There is no right or wrong in these approaches, but business logic is heart of any modern day or traditional applications. If one has a concrete business logic, it's easy to provide a UI to manipulate the same (UI Developer's excuse me for that, this my perspective).

Note: I prefer the Bottom Up approach, and i feel lot more comfortable and confident that my one end it tied up, and i need not worry about it.
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