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Literate Programming on a Team Project

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January 1991
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We used literate programming on a team project to write a 33,000-line
program for the Synthesizer Generator. The program, Penelope, was
written using WEB, a tool designed for writing literate programs.
Unlike other WEB programs, many of which have been written by WEB's
developer or by individuals, Penelope was not intended to be
published. We used WEB in the hope that both our team and its final
product would benefit from the advantages often attributed to literate
programming. The WEB source served as good internal documentation
throughout development and maintenance, and it continues to document
Penelope's design and implementation. Our experience also uncovered a
number of problems with WEB.

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