line noise

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line noise (uncountable)

  1. (computing) Spurious characters due to signal noise in a communications link.
  2. (programming) Data that looks random, as when outputting a binary file literally.
  3. (programming, pejorative) Incomprehensible source code or programming language (often due to terseness or overuse of operators). Write-only code or a write-only language.
    • 2000, Simon Cozens, Ten Perl Myths,[1],
      In short, Perl doesn't write illegible Perl, people do. If you can stop yourself being one of them, we can agree that Perl's reputation for looking like line noise is no more than a myth.


  1. ^ Simon Cozens (2000-02-23), “Ten Perl Myths”, in[1], retrieved 2008-06-28