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From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
1. Untutored in the perversities of some particular program or system; one
who still tries to do things in an intuitive way, rather than the right way
(in really good designs these coincide, but most designs aren't ?really
good? in the appropriate sense). This trait is completely unrelated to
general maturity or competence, or even competence at any other specific
program. It is a sad commentary on the primitive state of computing that
the natural opposite of this term is often claimed to be experienced user
but is really more like cynical user.
2. Said of an algorithm that doesn't take advantage of some superior but
advanced technique, e.g., the bubble sort. It may imply naivete on the
part of the programmer, although there are situations where a naive
algorithm is preferred, because it is more important to keep the code
comprehensible than to go for maximum performance. ?I know the linear
search is naive, but in this case the list typically only has half a dozen
items.? Compare brute force.
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