1. The practice of translating a hot spot
of a program in a HLL
into hand-tuned assembly language
, as opposed to trying to coerce the compiler
into generating better code. Both the term and the practice are becoming uncommon.
, by hand
; synonym with cruft.
2. More generally, manual construction or patching of data sets that would normally be generated by a translation utility and interpreted by another program, and aren't really designed to be read or modified by humans.