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Matthew Fuller

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262062749

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262062749.001.0001

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Software Studies

Matthew Fuller

The MIT Press

This chapter begins with the definition of elegance and continues to discuss its quality criteria in programming: code leanness; spareness of resource use; the clarity of problem definition; and implementation of the most suitable language on the most suitable system for its execution. The author describes the major aspects of the concept, referring to Donald Knuth's and Gregory Chaitin's works. The chapter analyzes the relationship between software domain and elegance; it also explores the features and advantages of the elegance of computing.

Keywords:   software elegance, software domain, programming, quality criteria

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