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Some Comments on the Coding of Programs


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Holmes, WN 2000 , 'Some Comments on the Coding of Programs' , Computer, vol. 33, no. 11 , 128, 126-127 , doi: 10.1109/2.881700.

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This essay examines common coding practices and, on the basis that program code should be designed to avoid errors, argues for example that punctuation symbols should not be used in program code as though they were in literary text. Carrying the argument further, it is asserted that the computing profession should not talk about programming languages or about writing programs, but about coding schemes and coding programs.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Holmes, WN
Keywords: program coding, Cobol, Rapidwrite, Autopromt, RPG, coding schemes, terminology
Journal or Publication Title: Computer
ISSN: 0018-9162
DOI / ID Number: 10.1109/2.881700
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