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The Lewis Legacy-Issue 83, Winter 2000

Technology's "Deep Magic"

Deep magic n. [poss. from C. S. Lewis’s “Narnia” books] An awesomely arcane technique central to a program or system, esp. one neither generally published nor available to hackers at large (compare black art); one that could only have been composed by a true wizard. Compiler optimization techniques and many aspects of OS design used to be deep magic; many techniques in cryptography, signal processing, graphics, and AI still are. Compare heavy wizardry. Esp. found in comments of the form “Deep magicbegins here…”. Compare voodoo programming. http://www.techfak.uni-bielefeld.de/~joern/jargon/deepmagic.HTML