One potato, two potato, three potato, four....
Potato programming is the sort of programming that encourages you to write your own ‘for’ loops and build up / tear down data structures, rather than passing vectors or iterators down through an interface in such a way that would allow a smarter version of that interface to be more efficient.
In other words, this is the potato-programming way to add a file containing lines of numbers:
f = file('test.numbers') accum = 0. for line in f: accum += float(line) print accum
Contrast this with:
f = file('test.numbers') print sum(map(float, f))
This term was coined by R0ml Lefkowitz.
See also: [PotatoProgrammingExplained Potato Programming Explained]