I am in dilemma on how to open a short text, that is giving instructions to someone to write a computer program. The setting is academic/research and that text will appear in opening paragraph on a paper. Strictly speaking by program I don't mean a complete piece of software, but rather some methods/functions that will perform particular tasks and give end results that will also be discussed in paper.
When reading resources in internet and in jargon talk between peers, it is very usual to say " Write a program". But since as mentioned before, this time the setting is academic/research, I am not sure if this kind of statement fits in a text that will be published.
It is important that, if possible, the chosen word does not give an impression that we are talking about commercial software.
Is it ok/usual to say "Write a program" in an academic/research text, or should I use any alternative ? ( e.g.: "develop" ) I would appreciate any help.