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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The boss of my boss once changed from a CS professor to a hardware designer, and the cranky pronouncements of the kind "why can't we just spec the software and press a button and the software automagically comes out from the other end" soon started.
    • I remember translating a program from source code into machine code by hand once, in the '80s, just to see if I could. That magic button is a compiler.

      • I think he was more thinking along the lines of "insert a formal spec, out comes an application" (and out of the door go the now unnecessary programmers).