case and paste definition programming
(From "cut and paste
") The addition of a new feature
to an existing system by selecting the code from an existing feature and pasting it in with minor changes. This usually results in gross violation of the fundamental programming tenet, Don't Repeat Yourself.
Common in telephony circles because most operations in a telephone switch are selected using "case" statements. Leads to software bloat
In some circles of Emacs
users this is called "programming by Meta-W", because Meta-W is the Emacs command for copying a block of text to a kill buffer in preparation to pasting it in elsewhere. The term is condescending, implying that the programmer is acting mindlessly rather than thinking carefully about what is required to integrate the code for two similar cases.
, this is sometimes called "clone-and-hack" coding.