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Meaning of LASHERISM

 
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(Harvard) A program that solves a standard problem (such as the eight queens puzzle or implementing the life algorithm) in a deliberately nonstandard way. Distinguished from a crock or kluge by the fact that the programmer did it on purpose as a mental exercise. Such constructions are quite popular in exercises such as the obfuscated c contest, and occasionally in retrocomputing. Lew Lasher was a student at Harvard around 1980 who became notorious for such behaviour.

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