dwimmery (uncountable) (fantasy)
- The art of illusion; the art of magic; sorcery.
- Any type of enchantment or spell; dwimmercraft.
- A collective concept describing anything magical or otherwise unexplainable.
- A computer program's ability to sense the user's intentions rather than work according to a well-defined specification.
2005, Damian Conway, Perl Best Practices:
- This dwimmery causes the model to show that polar melting rates have absolutely no connection to world climate in general, and to rising ocean levels in particular.
2005 May 6, Larry Wall, “stdio”, in perl.perl6.language, Usenet:
- I think that, as with various other parts of Perl 6, we can try to sweep all the dwimmery into one spot so that it can be easily recognized and/or avoided.
2007 November 11, Michele Dondi, “Why can't you slice an array @a[3..-1]?”, in comp.lang.perl.misc, Usenet:
- The big challenge of Perl 6 is to achieve a high degree of dwimmery
- A wished-for feature in computer systems, offering magical freedom from the often frustrating discrepancies between one's intentions and the actual effects of a command.