In this chapter we now turn to look at the materiality of running code. Unlike the textual source code we have examined in the last chapter, running code runs not as text but as compiled software. This is the form of binary executable that the machine understands and which is a highly compressed, dynamic structure that allows the computer to undertake actions, as Ullman (2004) aptly put it, the soul of the machine. The difficulties involved in observing running code is that it is usually running very quickly, and that the code is largely invisible as it runs inside the confines of the machine. Clearly, the first step is to look at how the code runs, through a method of slowing down the code to a human time frame, secondly, using a device to examine the running code from a distance.
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