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CSLI Lecture Notes #27: Literate Programmingby Donald Ervin Knuth
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Literate programming is a programming methodology that combines a programming language with a documentation language, making programs more easily maintained than programs written only in a high-level language. A literate programmer is an essayist who writes programs for humans to understand. 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 includes Knuth's early papers on related topics such as structured programming as well as the Computer Journal article that launched literate programming. Many examples are given, including excerpts from the programs for TeX and METAFONT. The final essay is an example of CWEB, a system for literate programming in C and related languages. Index included.
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If programming is an art, then Donald Knuth is Michaelangelo. Knuth feels that computer programs and books about computer programming should be interesting, entertaining, and literate. Thirteen of Knuth's most interesting essays are collected here, including the Computer Journal article that launched literate programming. Although most of the examples are in either Pascal or ALGOL 60, C programmers and others will still benefit from the material. The last essay describes CWEB, a system for literate programming in C and related languages. Highly recommended for all programmers and would-be programmers.
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This anthology of essays from Donald Knuth, "the father of computer science," and the inventor of literate programming includes early essays on related topics such as structured programming, as well as The Computer Journal article that launched literate programming itself. Many examples are given, including excerpts from the programs for TeX and METAFONT. The final essay is an example of CWEB, a system for literate programming in C and related languages.
This volume is first in a series of Knuth's collected works.
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
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