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In general, a program is just a canned list of instructions. To ``run a program'' means to execute its list of instructions, to perform a set pattern of operations. A program can also be viewed as an entity that performs processing that transforms input data into output data. A simple program might do something like balance your checkbook or deal a duplicate bridge hand. At the other end of the scale, all of the large software packages on a computer system are really just large programs and collections of programs.
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