= S =
SMOP /S-M-O-P/ n.
[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 an 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.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.