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Author Brock, Kevin, author.

Title Rhetorical code studies : discovering arguments in and around code / Kevin Brock.

Publication Info. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2019.


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Description 1 online resource (ix, 213 pages)
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Sweetland digital rhetoric collaborative
Digital rhetoric collaborative.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "In Rhetorical Code Studies, Kevin Brock explores how software code serves as a means of meaningful communication through which amateur and professional software developers construct arguments--arguments that are not only made up of logical procedures but also of implicit and explicit claims about how a given program works (or should work). These claims appear as procedures and as conventional discourse in the form of code comments and in email messages, forum posts, and other venues for conversation with other developers. To investigate the rhetorical qualities of code, Brock extends ongoing conversations in rhetoric and composition on software by turning to a number of case examples ranging from large, well-known projects like Mozilla Firefox to small-scale programs like the "FizzBuzz" test common in many programming job interviews. These examples, which involve specific examination of code texts as well as the contexts surrounding their composition, demonstrate the variety and depth of rhetorical activity taking place in and around code, from individual differences in style to changes in large-scale community norms"-- Provided by publisher.
Note This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International license
Contents Intro; Contents; List of Tables; List of Practice Scripts; List of Figures; Introduction; 1. Toward the Rhetorical Study of Code; What Does Rhetorical Code Studies Involve?; Digital Rhetoric; Critical Code Studies; Software Studies; Technical Communication; Rhetorical Code Studies' Gains and Contributions; 2. Rhetoric and the Algorithm; From Algorithm to Algorithmic Culture; Algorithmic Criticism in the Humanities; Arguments in Code as Algorithmic Meaning Making; Conclusions; 3. "I Have No Damn Idea Why This Is So Convoluted": Analyzing Arguments Surrounding Code
Rhetorical Scholarship on Online Discourse Communities; The Rhetorical and Social Makeup of Open Source Software Development Communities; Developers' Rhetorical Awareness of Their Coding Practices; Conclusions; 4. Developing Arguments in Code: The Case of Mozilla Firefox; Mozilla Firefox: A Code Study; Conclusions; 5. Composing in Code: A Brief Engagement with JavaScript; Procedural Progymnasmata; Exercises in Repetition: Looping; Exercises in Style: FizzBuzz; Exercises in Repetition: Object Creation; Exercises in Arrangement: Bubble Sort; Exercises in Invention: enthymemeGenerator.js
Conclusions; 6. Conclusions; Rhetorical Code Studies Thus Far; Assessing Computational Action; A Future for Rhetorical Code Studies; Bibliography; Index
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 01, 2019).
Subject Coding theory.
Rhetoric -- Data processing.
Software engineering -- Psychological aspects.
Computer algorithms -- Psychological aspects.
Online social networks.
Computer programming -- software development.
Information technology: general issues.
Programming & scripting languages: general.
COMPUTERS -- Software Development & Engineering -- General.
COMPUTERS -- General.
Coding theory. (OCoLC)fst00866237
Online social networks. (OCoLC)fst01741311
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Brock, Kevin. Rhetorical code studies. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2019] 9780472131273 (DLC) 2018043066
ISBN 9780472125005 (electronic book)
0472901044 (electronic book)
9780472901043 (Open Access)
0472125001 (Open Access)
9780472131273 (hardcover acid-free paper)
Standard No. 10.3998/mpub. doi

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