Puff the Fractal Dragon

To the tune of “Puff the Magic Dragon” by Peter, Paul and Mary / The Seekers?

No plain fanfold paper could hold that fractal Puff —
He grew so fast no plotting pack could shrink him far enough.
Compiles and simulations grew so quickly tame
And swapped out all their data space when Puff pushed his stack frame.
CHORUS:
Puff the fractal dragon was written in C,
And frolicked while processes switched in mainframe memory.
Puff the fractal dragon was written in C,
And frolicked while processes switched in mainframe memory.
Puff, he grew so quickly, while others moved like snails
And mini-Puffs would perch themselves on his gigantic tail.
All the student hackers loved that fractal Puff
But DCS did not like Puff, and finally said, “Enough!”
(chorus)
Puff used more resources than DCS could spare.
The operator killed Puff’s job — he didn’t seem to care.
A gloom fell on the hackers; it seemed to be the end,
But Puff trapped the exception, and grew from naught again!
(chorus)

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