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desk check

desk check in Technology

To grovel over hardcopy of source code, mentally simulating the control flow; a method of catching bugs. No longer common practice in this age of on-screen editing, fast compiles, and sophisticated debuggers - though some maintain stoutly that it ought to be.
Compare dry run, eyeball search, vdiff, vgrep.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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