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- From: Miles Bader <miles@...>
- Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2011 15:32:52 +0900
David Kastrup <email@example.com> writes:
>> I think Knuth-style slice-and-dice literate programming is a
>> thoroughly bad way to add a module system to Pascal, and should not
>> be imitated in other languages.
> It is not in the least bit a way to add a module system to Pascal, but
> rather a manner for exposing and documenting the program structure.
I'd quibble a bit and say "programming techniques and algorithms,"
rather than "program structure." When I hear the latter, I tend to
think of the generally simpler and more regular hierachies and units
of programming-languages, rather than the very free hierachies and
units that often seem to be used in literate programs.
One my favorite textbooks [http://www.pbrt.org] is written using
literate programming. The result is an absolutely fantastic textbook,
which I think a wonderful job of explaining various algorithms and
techniques -- but I don't think it leaves one with a very strong sense
of how such a program is structured (even though in some sense they do
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