write-only language

A language with syntax (or semantics) sufficiently dense and bizarre that any routine of significant size is automatically write-only code. A sobriquet applied occasionally to C and often to APL, though INTERCAL and TECO certainly deserve it more.

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write buffer « Write-Once Read-Many « write-only code « write-only language » write-only memory » write protect » write-through

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