[Beowulf] "Code" vs. "Codes"

Andrew M.A. Cater amacater at galactic.demon.co.uk
Tue Apr 1 16:11:42 PDT 2008

On Wed, Apr 02, 2008 at 01:55:05AM +0200, Alan Louis Scheinine wrote:
> I can't stand it any longer, I've got to make
> my "contribution" to this discussion.
> Eric Moore cites the text
>  > a list of all codes and cyphers in use
> For this reason, I always thought that
> using "code" for programs was considered sloppy jargon
> and that in a formal document or article one should
> write "computer program" rather than "code".
As Martin Wheeler says, you also have to consider the 
common understanding and specialist vocabulary of your specific audience: 

"Code re-use" - may make a computer scientist excited/ill at the 
thought, depending on his viewpoint of the desirability of this. 

It may have the same effects on cryptanalysts and computer security 
consultants - but for entirely different reasons :)

Andy - once a trainee lawyer - which profession has been reusing 
portions of Justinian's Code for millennia.


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