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From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
[Simple (or Small) Matter of Programming]
1. A piece of code, not yet written, whose anticipated length is
significantly greater than its complexity. Used to refer to a program that
could obviously be written, but is not worth the trouble. Also used
ironically to imply that a difficult problem can be easily solved because a
program can be written to do it; the irony is that it is very clear that
writing such a program will be a great deal of work. ?It's easy to enhance
a FORTRAN compiler to compile COBOL as well; it's just a SMOP.?
2. Often used ironically by the intended victim when a suggestion for a
program is made which seems easy to the suggester, but is obviously (to the
victim) a lot of work. Compare minor detail.
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