Programs and Intent

9 Nov 2021

What does this program do? At the most reduced level, one could say that a program’s behavior is defined by the effect it has on the hardware running it. That’s not very useful however; when we’re programming, we often have to deal with legacy code and tease out the original intent of the code. Saying that the meaning of a program is entirely encapsulated by the code is saying that the intent and the implementation are the same. ...