Voodoo programming

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Voodoo programming refers to the practice of getting a program to produce desired output by using guesses, trial-and-error, cookbooks, copy-pasting from online resources, or similar techniques without truly understanding the underlying problem. This technique is similar to brute force approach on engineering: attempting finding a working solution by trial and error until something produces the desired results.

It may also refer to:

  • Deep magic, techniques that are not widely known, and may be deliberately kept secret.
  • Cargo cult programming, a style of computer programming that is characterized by the ritual inclusion of code or program structures that serve no real purpose.