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Richard 12 Silver badge

Makes no real difference to the machine

After all, bytecode and machine code are not different to the source as far as the executable code paths are concerned.

The comments and variable names are extremely useful to humans, but not so much to machines unless anyone is trying for natural-language processing of reading the comments and variable names to infer the intended results and identify places where the code doesn't match the comments.

They only need the source code because they are supposed to create patches, and humans find it much easier to examine source code for correctness.

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