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Illiterate programming #programming

๐Ÿ•“๏ธŽ - 2009-10-25

I'm almost through "Dreaming in Code" - about programming largish things in general, and the Chandler project in particular - by Scott Rosenberg; here is a little nugget, after briefly explaining what Donald Knuths literate programming is about and discussing comments in code, Rosenberg continues:

In 2004, as viruses with names like MyDoom, Bagle, and Netsky began to spread across he Internet to infect Windows computers, researchers discovered that the authors of the viruses were crudely slagging each other in their code's comments: "Don't ruine our bussiness, wanna start a war?" "Skynet AntiVirus-Bagle-you are a looser!!!" This is about as far from Don Knuth as you can get; call it illiterate programming.

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