\kˈandɪɡɹˌamə], \kˈandɪɡɹˌamə], \k_ˈa_n_d_ɪ_ɡ_ɹ_ˌa_m_ə]\
Definitions of CANDYGRAMMAR
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A programming-language grammar that is mostlysyntactic sugar; a play on "candygram". COBOL, AppleComputer's Hypertalk language, and many 4GLs share thisproperty. The intent is to be as English-like as possible andthus easier for unskilled people to program. However,syntax isn't what makes programming hard; it's the mentaleffort and organisation required to specify an algorithmprecisely. Thus "candygrammar" languages are just asdifficult to program in, and far more painful for theexperienced 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 theoccupant to open up, while ominous music plays in thebackground. The last attempt is a half-hearted "Candygram!"When the door is opened, a shark bursts in and chomps the pooroccupant. There is a moral here for those attracted tocandygrammars.
By Denis Howe