Top-down design

<programming> (Or "stepwise refinement").

The software design technique which aims to describe functionality at a very high level, then partition it repeatedly into more detailed levels one level at a time until the detail is sufficient to allow coding.

This approach to software design probably originated at IBM, and grew out of structured programming practices.

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