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Code Craft by Pete Goodliffe

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Chapter 10. THE CODE THAT JACK BUILT

Mechanisms to Turn Source Code into Executable Code

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.

Mother Teresa

The programmer (Geekus maximus) is usually found in its natural habitat, hunched in the ethereal glow of a monitor, entering profound combinations of punctuation characters into a text editor. Occasionally, this timid beast will leave the confines of its lair to forage for coffee or pizza. Quickly it returns to safety, continuing its ritual at the keyboard.

If typing language constructs was all there was to programming, then our job would be a great deal easier, although we'd risk being replaced by the proverbial infinite number of monkeys with their infinite number of text ...

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