A programming-language grammar that is mostly syntactic sugar; a play on “candygram”. COBOL, Apple Computer’s Hypertalk language, and many 4GLs share this property. The intent is to be as English-like as possible and thus easier for unskilled people to program. However, syntax isn’t what makes programming hard; it’s the mental effort and organisation required to specify an algorithm precisely. Thus “candygrammar” languages are just as difficult to program in, and far more painful for the experienced hacker.
GLS notes: The overtones from the 1977 Chevy Chase “Jaws” parody on Saturday Night Live should not be overlooked. Someone lurking outside an apartment door tries to get the occupant to open up, while ominous music plays in the background. The last attempt is a half-hearted “Candygram!” When the door is opened, a shark bursts in and chomps the poor occupant. There is a moral here for those attracted to candygrammars.
any of a variety of confections made with sugar, syrup, etc., often combined with chocolate, fruit, nuts, etc. a single piece of such a confection. Slang. cocaine. someone or something that is pleasing or pleasurable, usually in a superficial way (often used in combination): eye candy. to cook in sugar or syrup, as sweet potatoes […]
noun Contemporary Examples 10 Movies Too Awful for the Theater Shannon Donnelly, The Daily Beast Video March 27, 2009
a stick or short staff used to assist one in walking; walking stick. a long, hollow or pithy, jointed woody stem, as that of bamboo, rattan, sugar cane, and certain palms. a plant having such a stem. split rattan woven or interlaced for chair seats, wickerwork, etc. any of several tall bamboolike grasses, especially of […]
a thicket of canes. Historical Examples Strange Stories of the Great Valley Abbie Johnston Grosvenor The Pony Rider Boys in Louisiana Frank Gee Patchin Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves: Volume II, Arkansas Narratives, Part 2 Work Projects Administration Space Tug Murray Leinster The Master […]