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Quote by Knuth

From: Christopher Dimech
Subject: Quote by Knuth
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2021 04:58:29 +0200

Literate programming is an enhanced macro substitution package tuned to the task
of rearranging source code. This may seem like a trivial change, but in fact is
quite different from other ways of structuring software systems.

Literacy in programming means different things in different circumstances.
Many jobs are about getting a job done, rather than showing literacy, except
in academia, mostly written by young inexperienced idiots on low pay or no pay
at all.

A mathematician in industry can do as much literate programming as one wants
but is not considered valuable work.  When a company takes over another, they
mostly trash the other system and use their own way.  That's what happened to
me a number of times.

> Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 10:31 AM
> From: "Emanuel Berg via Users list for the GNU Emacs text editor" 
> <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: Quote by Knuth
> Jean Louis wrote:
> >>> There are no millions of programmers using "literate
> >>> programming"...
> >>
> >> Disregarding students and academics almost nobody.
> >
> > Documentation strings in Emacs Lisp and commentary are
> > literate programming. Though we do not have some nice
> > formatter which will convert each function into nicely
> > printed PDF with sections and similar. I don't think it is
> > hard to make it in Emacs Lisp.
> But then all programming and programs that have string with
> the purpose for humans to read are literate. I'm still looking
> for an exact definition...
> --
> underground experts united

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