I remember I've come across an adjective for a "weird computer program, obviously made-up to prove a point".

Any idea what that word might have been?

  • I'm not entirely certain whether recherché is appropriate (apart from it being French).
    – Nigel J
    Jan 23, 2018 at 15:43
  • Niche? Proof of concept?
    – JDF
    Jan 23, 2018 at 16:07
  • Program as in course of study or software or planned order of events?
    – Lawrence
    Jan 23, 2018 at 16:22

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If it's not specific to software, the adjective you might be looking for could be:



deliberately created rather than arising naturally or spontaneously

A "specially crafted, deliberately made up example" is almost the classic case of something being contrived.

As an example: the code was contrived to trigger the worst-case performance of the system, in a way that no normal program ever would.


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