303: Compiling

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Compiling
Are you stealing those LCDs?' 'Yeah, but I'm doing it while my code compiles.
Title text: Are you stealing those LCDs?' 'Yeah, but I'm doing it while my code compiles.

Explanation

Simply writing source code is not sufficient: you need to turn the source code into something executable. Programming languages implement two ways: compilers and interpreters. While interpreters convert the line of code that is currently running, compilers convert the source code all at once, which takes a lot of time... time for you to goof off.

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Transcript

Title: The #1 Programmer Excuse for Legitimately Slacking Off: “My code's compiling.”
[Two programmers are sword-fighting on office chairs in a hallway. An unseen manager calls them back to work through an open office door.]
Manager: Hey! Get back to work!
Programmer 1: Compiling!
Manager: Oh. Carry on.
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Discussion

I was sooo amused when I heard about the most common error report when Delphi was released to the linux platform: "the compile button doesn't do anything"...

The "fix" was to introduce a checkbox that defaulted to not close the compile window once complete :-)

For being so open-sourced they are quite close-minded ;-)

Usually interpreters don't create any code but use the source language as instructions to the interpreter. The situation is complicated by the existence of compilers which compile to an intermediate code (Java byte code for example), then compile the byte code to machine code.

Jstout (talk) 21:54, 13 December 2013 (UTC) 141.101.81.4 07:04, 10 November 2013 (UTC)Nicklas

"Liquid Crystal Display Displays" This bothers me. 173.245.55.85 19:59, 13 March 2014 (UTC)

Made it into a wiki link and removed Displays. Kynde (talk) 20:10, 28 March 2014 (UTC)
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