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Abstraction*

Focusing on relevant details while leaving irrelevant details unspecified or hidden away. Data abstraction (e.g., classes and interfaces) hides the details of how a data structure is represented, instead giving an interface to manipulate the data. Control abstraction (e.g., functions, methods) hides how something is done (the algorithm), focusing instead on what is done.

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