hand hack definition jargon
1. (Or "hand cruft
") To Translate a hot spot
of a program in a HLL
into assembly language by hand
, as opposed to trying to coerce the compiler
into generating better code. Both the term and the practice are becoming uncommon.
2. More generally, manual construction or patching of data sets that would normally be generated by a translation utility and interpreted by another program, and aren't really designed to be read or modified by humans.