Rhetorical Genres in Code


Brock, K. , & Mehlenbacher, A. R. . (2017). Rhetorical Genres in Code. Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, 1–29. Retrieved from http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0047281617726278


We examine the rhetorical activity employed within software development communities in code texts. For technical communicators, the rhetoricity of code is crucial for the development of more effective code and documentation. When we understand that code is a collection of rhetorical decisions about how to engage those machinic processes, we can better attend to the significance and nuance of those decisions and their impact on potential user activities.


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