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I'm preparing a slide show about software engineering, I want to give some quote on this slide. There is a quote that meaning: computer program, first, for human understanding. And after that for computer process it. (It means : you should program, so that people can understand it)

I cannot remember exactly this quote and google doesn't give me right answer. Who remember this, please teach me.

Thanks :)

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Programs should be written for people to read, and only incidentally for machines to execute.

The quotation is from the classic Lisp book Structure and interpretation of computer programs.

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+1 -- much better than my answer. –  TZHX Feb 13 '13 at 12:45
thanks :) that's it :D –  hqt Feb 13 '13 at 12:49
The fact that this statement is in a book about the language Larry Wall referred to as having "all the visual appeal of oatmeal with fingernail clippings mixed in" is amusing. Deciding how much irony there is in Larry Wall having said that is an exercise left for the reader. :-) –  Blrfl Feb 13 '13 at 15:31
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The closest phrase I can think of that matches what you seem to want is:

Write code for humans, not machines.

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