<language> 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.
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