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Programs must be written for people to read (raganwald.com)
10 points by braythwayt on Apr 11, 2016 | hide | past | web | favorite | 3 comments

I'd say that's true today, but it's not a luxury Margaret Hamilton had when she wrote the code for the Apollo lunar lander. Since things have changed quite a bit since the 1960s, I wonder how much code we software people will be reading 50 years from now.

Very few of us read code today. Almost all of us read a human-readable description of what the software must do, and that is compiled into the actual code :-)

But seriously, the compiler/interpreter is the ultimate expression of Hal Abelson's dictum.

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