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Rob Kitchin and Martin Dodge

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262042482

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262042482.001.0001

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The Nature of Software

The Nature of Software

(p.23) 2 The Nature of Software

Rob Kitchin

Martin Dodge

The MIT Press

This chapter discusses the conceptualization of the varied nature of software. It emphasizes that programming, which is done by software programmers, is performative and negotiated, and that code which can be recorded to media is mutable. The chapter also discusses code as a product and as a process, and defines several code-related terms, which include commentary code, prescriptive code, code objects, and critical code. It discusses various approaches and challenges of creating new code, which is a complex and difficult task, especially when attempting to address new issues and problems. The chapter concludes that software augments, supplements, mediates, and regulates the lives of people and has the ability to transform the world in relation to its own systems of thought because it possesses high technicity.

Keywords:   software programming, commentary code, prescriptive code, code objects, critical code, technicity

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