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black art

noun
1.
witchcraft; magic.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90
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British Dictionary definitions for black art

black art

noun
1.
the black art, another name for black magic
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black art in Technology


A collection of arcane, unpublished, and (by implication) mostly ad-hoc techniques developed for a particular application or systems area (compare black magic). VLSI design and compiler code optimisation were (in their beginnings) considered classic examples of black art; as theory developed they became deep magic, and once standard textbooks had been written, became merely heavy wizardry. The huge proliferation of formal and informal channels for spreading around new computer-related technologies during the last twenty years has made both the term "black art" and what it describes less common than formerly. See also voodoo programming.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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