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 for hard-coded
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

      (By analogy with "{hard-wired") Said of a data value
     or behaviour written directly into a program, possibly in
     multiple places, where it cannot be easily modified.  There
     are several alternatives, depending on how often the value is
     likely to change.  It may be replaced with a compile-time
     constant, such as a C "#define" macro, in which case a
     change will still require recompilation; or it may be read at
     run time from a profile, resource (see de-rezz), or
     environment variable that a user can easily modify; or it
     may be read as part of the program's input data.
     To change something hard-coded requires recompilation (if
     using a compiled language of course) but, more seriously, it
     requires sufficient understanding of the implementation to be
     sure that the change will not introduce inconsistency and
     cause the program to fail.
     For example, "The line terminator is hard-coded as newline;
     who in their right mind would use anything else?"
     See magic number.
     [{Jargon File]

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