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<programming> The canonical, minimal, first program that a
programmer writes in a new programming language or development environment. The program just prints "hello, world" to standard output in order to verify that the programmer can successfully
edit, compile and run a simple program before embarking on
anything more challenging.
Hello, world is the first example program in the C programming
book, K&R, and the tradition has spread from there to pretty
much every other language and many of their textbooks.
Environments that generate an unreasonably large executable
for this trivial test or which require a hairy
compiler-linker invocation to generate it are considered bad.
Hello, World in over 400 programming languages (http://www.roesler-ac.de/wolfram/hello.htm).
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