A programmer's ABCs
By Barts-Oracle on Nov 05, 2007
Several years ago, before blogging, I cons'd up a programmer's ABC for Stephen Hahn's first child, Benjamin. I'd forgotten about this until Stephen mentioned last week and mailed me a link to the image; I'd lost the original. It's a little SPARC-centric, but so was I at the time:
A Programmer's ABC
A is for algorithm, patented or not.
B is for break, to jump out of this rot.
C is for continue, to jump to the top of one's loops.
D is for default, the case that handles the oops.
E is for else, the predicate's inversion.
F is for for, of the loops the most popular version.
G is for goto, a jump oft considered dubious.
H is for hardware, for profits salubrious.
I is for if, a conditional statement.
J is for jmpl, an indirect jump causing performance abatement.
K is for thousands in powers of two.
L is for long, whose size recently grew.
M is for membar, whose use can confound.
N is for NOP, which in delay slots often is found.
O is for operator, whose overloading is oft unsupportable.
P is for pragma, with usage unportable.
Q is for quadword, the largest of all.
R is for return, when we make the stack not so tall.
S is for switch, a computed goto for which we all yearn.
T is for trap, from which we may never return.
U is for unsigned, to avoid two's complement extension.
V is for volatile, whose presence incites apprehension.
W is for WSTATE register, for window traps most topical.
X is for XOR, bitwise not logical.
Y is for Y register, deprecated for years.
Z is for zero, whose dereferencing everyone fears.