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featurectomy in Technology


/fee"ch*r-ek"t*-mee/ The act of removing a feature from a program. Featurectomies come in two flavours, the "righteous" and the "reluctant". Righteous featurectomies are performed because the remover believes the program would be more elegant without the feature, or there is already an equivalent and better way to achieve the same end. (Doing so is not quite the same thing as removing a misfeature.) Reluctant featurectomies are performed to satisfy some external constraint such as code size or execution speed.
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(1994-10-20)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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