desk check

desk check

[′desk ‚chek]
(computer science)

desk check

(programming)
To grovel over hardcopy of source code, mentally simulating the control flow; a method of catching bugs. No longer common practice in this age of on-screen editing, fast compiles, and sophisticated debuggers - though some maintain stoutly that it ought to be.

Compare dry run, eyeball search, vdiff, vgrep.
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Experience has found that approximately three-quarters of the errors found in well-run inspections are found during desk check (Humphrey 1989).
The man at the reception desk checks the logbook for the day's appointments.
If next time I fly to New York the agreeable young Hispanic at the immigration desk checks my name against The List, turns white, presses a button beneath his desk and asks me to step to one side, sir, I'll have no one to blame but myself.