“Entropy and FatFinger: Challenging the Compulsiveness of Code with Programmatic Anti-Styles” by Temkin

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    Entropy and FatFinger: Challenging the Compulsiveness of Code with Programmatic Anti-Styles

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    Coding, the translating of human intent into logical steps, reinforces a compulsive way of thinking, as described in Joseph Weitzenbaum’s “Science and the Compulsive Programmer” (1976). Two projects by the author, Entropy (2010) and FatFinger (2017), challenge this by encouraging gestural approaches to code. In the Entropy programming language, data becomes slightly more approximate each time it is used, drifting from its original values, forcing programmers to be less precise. FatFinger, a Javascript dialect, allows the programmer to misspell code and interprets it as the closest runnable variation, strategically guessing at the programmer’s intent.

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