<programming> (From amateur electronics and radio) A book of small code
segments that the reader can use to do various magic things in programs.
One current example is the "PostScript Language Tutorial and Cookbook" by Adobe
Systems, Inc (Addison-Wesley, ISBN 0-201-10179-3), also known as the Blue Book
which has recipes for things like wrapping text around arbitrary curves and
making 3D fonts.
Cookbooks, slavishly followed, can lead one into voodoo programming, but are
useful for hackers trying to monkey up small programs in unknown languages. This
function is analogous to the role of phrasebooks in human languages.
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