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Noddy




/nod'ee/ [UK: from the children's books] 1. Small and un-useful, but demonstrating a point.

Noddy programs are often written by people learning a new language or system. The archetypal noddy program is hello, world.

Noddy code may be used to demonstrate a feature or bug of a compiler. May be used of real hardware or software to imply that it isn't worth using.

"This editor's a bit noddy."

2. A program that is more or less instant to produce.

In this use, the term does not necessarily connote uselessness, but describes a hack sufficiently trivial that it can be written and debugged while carrying on (and during the space of) a normal conversation.

"I'll just throw together a noddy awk script to dump all the first fields."

In North America this might be called a mickey mouse program.

See toy program.

3. A simple (hence the name) language to handle text and interaction on the Memotech home computer.

Has died with the machine.

[Jargon File]





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