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Holmes, WN 2003 , 'The Case for Perspicuous Programming' , Computer, vol. 36, no. 4 , 104, 102-103 , doi: 10.1109/MC.2003.1193236.

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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.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Holmes, WN
Keywords: enigmatic programming, template programming, prose programming, literate programming, perspicuous programming, documentation
Journal or Publication Title: Computer
ISSN: 0018-9162
DOI / ID Number: 10.1109/MC.2003.1193236
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A more formal version of this essay was published as essay 5.4 in the author's book "Computers and People" (Wiley, 2006). This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.

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