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Re: Quote by Knuth

From: Gregory Heytings
Subject: Re: Quote by Knuth
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 08:42:58 +0000

"Literate programming" is a pretty generic term. The most you can say about it is that it tries to combine "writing for humans" ("literature") and "writing for machines" ("programming")

It is a poetic idea, but in practice how could one ever do that?

$ wget
$ weave tex.web
$ ./tex tex.tex
$ xdvi tex.dvi

$ tangle tex.web
$ <Pascal compiler*> tex.p
$ ./tex

* AFAIK currently no Pascal compiler can compile the original, unmodified TeX Pascal code

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