From: Werner Donné (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon Oct 11 2004 - 08:50:36 PDT
I couldn't agree more. Remember TeX was written in WEB, according to
the "Literate Programming Paradigm", which was introduced by Donald Knuth.
A WEB source file contains the code as well as the documentation of the
code. The idea was to write a programme as if it were a book. TeX is the
main example of that paradigm.
You would extract the code and the documentation from a WEB file with
TANGLE and WEAVE. The nice thing is that the TeX code documentation is
processed by TeX itself.
Those ideas are twenty years old, but I find them still to be very modern.
See also http://www.literateprogramming.com/.
Sebastian Rahtz wrote:
> Jim Melton wrote:
>>> ...after all, you can
>>> read the entire source code of TeX...
>> Now, there's a statement that needs a smiley if I ever saw one!
> maybe. but can you think of any program with source code you could
> read more easily? the source of TeX is small, by todays standards,
> available in nicely printed books in the shop, is well documented and
> cross-referenced, acknowledged to be bug free for all intents and purposes,
> and written by one of the foremost authorities on computer programming.
> *I* can't understand it, but I'm not a professional programmer.
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