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Writing Code to Prototype, Ideate, and Discover
September/October 2009 (vol. 26 no. 5)
pp. 18-24
People often write code to prototype, ideate, and discover. To do this, they work opportunistically, emphasizing speed and ease of development over code robustness and maintainability. Quickly hacking a program together can provide both practical and learning benefits for novices and experts: professional programmers and designers prototype to explore and communicate ideas, scientists program laboratory instruments, and entrepreneurs assemble complex spreadsheets to better understand their business. Their diverse activities share an emphasis on speed and ease of development over robustness and maintainability.

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Index Terms:
Writing,Prototypes,Programming profession,Hardware,Software prototyping,Software engineering,HTML,Java,Interleaved codes,Compressors,software engineering,opportunistic programming,prototyping,debugging
Citation:
"Writing Code to Prototype, Ideate, and Discover," IEEE Software, vol. 26, no. 5, pp. 18-24, Sept.-Oct. 2009, doi:10.1109/MS.2009.147
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