[Gllug] apropos Knuth & literate programming.

Nix nix at esperi.org.uk
Sat Feb 14 08:35:58 UTC 2004

On Fri, 13 Feb 2004, Tom Schutzer-Weissmann mused:
> Is that nuth or c-nuth? One of the few answers not addressed on his website.

K-nooth, I think.

> Out of interest, has literate programmng a la Knuth been adopted in
> many areas?

None that I know of (except for things like my final year project at
uni. :) )

>             In my very limited experience, people either use a
> home-grown system, or don't, and moan about how badly documented
> everything is.

The problem with LP is that you have to think as-though-you-were-writing-
a-book: while it makes code quality higher, it makes modifications harder
and is itself substantially harder than non-literate programming.

(Plus, Knuth's WEB system and variants do things like autoobfuscating
the output, which is really *helpful* when you get compiler errors.)

`note to the crown prosecution service: Machine guns dont have a
 'stun' setting.' --- mjw
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