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You frequently see reference to "an algebra" or "a calculus" of something or the other :)

I used to work as sysadmin in a research institute. the language difference between researchers who program, vs your typical coder in a software shop was interesting. the researchers were in the habit of referring to "a code". to a programmer, its either "code" or "a piece of code", but never "a code". that would be like saying "a software". when I hear "a code", I think of "an error correcting code".

Yes, that usage ("a code", meaning a program) is actually quite old in the numerical modelling community -- I heard it in the early 1970s, and I think it's older than that.

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