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Computer Programming as Teaching Tool

My two jobs have nearly opposite ways of handling language.  Writing uses the humpty-dumpty rule that "when I use a word it means just what I choose it to mean."  Computer programming uses the principle that a word means exactly what it is defined to mean with no wiggle room at all.

 

Does this mean that I'm walking around hitting myself over the head whenever I use a metaphor or suggesting that something more poetic than the word "while" belongs in loop constructions?  Not really.  Well, not often.  Okay.  It's been known to happen.

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