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This is a straw man. Requirements are the "what". Design is the "how". If I was handed a complete design, of course a compiler could translate that into a program a computer could understand. But, translating requirements into an appopriate design is the job of the programmer, at least in my experience. The actual typing is a side effect of the job.

I look at it as an artform. Some people work in paint or food. I work in programming languages. The requirements could be "I want a picture of the Pieta." The design is the artistic layout - "The Virgin is on the left, the Christ-child on the right." The compiler is "Sculpt it in marble" or "Sculpt it in papaya". :-)

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In reply to Re^4: We are the logisticians of information by dragonchild
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