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The following phrase has been taken from Wikipedia's computer science style guides:

Samples of actual source get included in articles for a variety of reasons, although the most typical reasons are to demonstrate the "look" of a particular language, to provide examples of language-specific constructs or features, and to provide examples of algorithms not easily expressed in pseudocode.

What is the meaning of the 'to demonstrate the "look" of a particular language'?

I have two variants:

  1. to demonstrate particular language's point of view, approach, which is more at the logical level, than just visual representation

  2. to demonstrate how something (visually) looks like when written in a particular language. In this case "look" reminds of "look and feel"

Or maybe neither variant is good.

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    I think you would be better off using wikipedia's talk page for the article to discuss this with the author as we would only be guessing. – Julian Jan 24 '15 at 10:52
  • Do you want to say that the expression is ambiguous? I thought "the look of" is idiomatic. – Roman Susi Jan 24 '15 at 11:12
  • Definitely 2 but not quite what is meant by "look and feel." Various languages follow various structures of coding, a "style" which is both idiosyncratic and characteristic of the language. You get the drift. – Kris Jan 24 '15 at 14:09
  • I think it's similar to style. – Barmar Jan 26 '15 at 19:11
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"look" of a particular programming language refers to snapshot of the structure, basic constructs and syntax. Usually "hello world" program is used for every language to illustrate the same.

  • So, is it more number 2 then? – Roman Susi Jan 27 '15 at 15:47
  • No, not just visual. It is more like 'a simple program in this language would use constructs as in this program'. – Raghuraman R Jan 28 '15 at 3:52

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