The Case for Perspicuous Programming
Holmes, WN (2003) The Case for Perspicuous Programming. Computer, 36 (4). 104, 102-103. ISSN 0018-9162
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This essay examines the nature of programs, classifies the traditional or enigmatic styles of programming, distinguishing template, prose and literate styles; notes the contrast between batch programs and interactive programs; and highlights the advantages of giving priority in developing interactive programs to the online documentation, and proposes that this documentation should be the principal target of development, with the executable program code being regarded of secondary and consequent.
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|Keywords:||enigmatic programming, template programming, prose programming, literate programming, perspicuous programming, documentation|
|Deposited By:||Mr Neville Holmes|
|Deposited On:||07 Aug 2007|
|Last Modified:||18 Jul 2008 20:03|
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