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Chapter 18. CASE and Cognition > Creation and Evaluation

Creation and Evaluation

Among the worst offenders in interfering with the thought processes of software developers are some of the more advanced tools, such as the context-sensitive program editors that do syntax checking on entry, or the CASE tools that support and enforce a software development “methodology” by constraining the CASE user to entering only proper diagrams and descriptions in precisely the order defined by some definitive text by some definitive methodology guru.

In the early days of computer-supported word processing, spell-checkers were separate programs, so slow and inefficient that you never checked a document more than absolutely necessary, and often you “forgot.” But, the computers and the search techniques got faster. Spell-checkers were integrated with the word processors. Pretty soon some programmer with time on his hands thought of doing spell-checking “on-the-fly,” as words were actually being entered. After all, during text entry, the processor is idle most of the time anyway, and the lookup can proceed, letter by letter, between keystrokes. Clever idea, right? Wrong!


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