Literate Programming

Literate Programming

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Literate programming is a programming methodology that combines a programming language with a documentation language, making programs more robust, more portable, and more easily maintained than programs written only in a high-level language. Computer programmers already know both kinds of languages; they need only learn a few conventions about alternating between languages to create programs that are works of literature. A literate programmer is an essayist who writes programs for humans to understand, instead of primarily writing instructions for machines to follow. When programs are written in the recommended style they can be transformed into documents by a document compiler and into efficient code by an algebraic compiler. This anthology of essays from the inventor of literate programming includes Knuth's early papers on related topics such as structured programming, as well as the Computer Journal article that launched literate programming itself.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 25.4mm | 181.44g
  • Stanford, United States
  • English
  • further reading, index
  • 0937073806
  • 9780937073803
  • 574,000

Table of contents

1. Computer programming as an art; 2. Structured programming with go to statements; 3. A structured program to generate all topological sorting arrangements; 4. Literate programming; 5. Programming pearls: sampling; 6. Programming pearls, continued: common words; 7. How to read a WEB; 8. Excerpts from the programs for TEX and METAFONT; 9. Mathematical writing; 10. The errors of TEX; 11. The error log of TEX; 12. An example of CWEB; Further reading; Index.
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