Imagine a web app for social coding.

You get there via a link from somewhere else. At the top of the page in big typeface is the name of a function, the signature (parameters, return type) and a short description.

Then, side by side, are two columns.

On the left, there is a list of unit test implementations. Each is just a slab of code with asserts in it.

On the right there is a list of implementations.

Each unit test and each implementation can be commented on, and can be modded up or down.

Unit tests are listed in two sections; "Working" at the top and and "Broken" at the bottom. The "Broken" section lists tests that are syntactically busted.

Within the sections, the unit tests are listed in order of moderation score.

Implementations are listed in order of the number of unit tests passed. Within the same number, they are listed in moderation order.

You are free to
- Add a new unit test (possibly based on an existing test)
- Add a new implementation (possibly based on an existing implementation)
- Moderate other tests and implementations
- Comment on anything

You can share the page on social networks and so forth with the usual buttons.

The owner of the page is the person who originally defined the function, including description. The owner can modify the definition, can mark any unit tests and implementations as not acceptable.

The function is considered implemented if there is an acceptable implementation that passes all acceptable, working unit tests. An implemented function may still be re-implemented at any time in the future, or become unimplemented by the addition of new tests which it fails.

When writing a test or an implementation, you may define new methods that don't yet exist. All user defined methods behave as links to their own page. Methods that don't have a page have one created for them when first clicked, wiki-like.

You can also define a new function directly, without actually using it in another function.

A method which relies on other methods which are not considered implemented is also not considered implemented.

A unit test which relies on methods which are not considered implemented is part of the "broken" group.

Analogs of this function definition mechanism should be created for object oriented Classes and for html Pages.

If, say, both Javascript and Python are allowed, then you could build a google AppEngine app this way.

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