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June 22, 2006 at 10:34 am #5421AnonymousInactive
This was a quote from 1975 that someone posted to a mailing list I was on, it makes sort of interesting reading.
It sort of explains why programmers are sad feckers as well :)
“Why is programming fun? What delights may its practitioner expect as his
First is the sheer joy of making things. As the child delights in his mud
pie, so the adult enjoys building things, especially things of his own
design. I think this delight must be an image of God’s delight in making
things, a delight shown in the distinctiveness of each leaf and each
Second is the pleasure of making things that are useful to other people.
Deep within, we want others to use our work and to find it helpful. In this
respect the programming system is not essentially different from the
child’s first clay pencil holder “for Daddy’s office.”
Third is the fascination of fashioning complex puzzle-like objects of
interlocking moving parts and watching them work in subtle cycles, playing
out the consequences of principles built in from the beginning. The
programmed computer has all the fascination of the pinball machine or the
jukebox mechanism, carried to the ultimate.
Fourth is the joy of always learning, which springs from the non-repeating
nature of the task. In one way or another the problem is ever new, and its
solver learns something: sometimes practical, sometimes theoretical, and
Finally, there is the delight of working in such a tractable medium. The
programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure
thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by
exertion of the imagination. Few media of creation are so flexible, so easy
to polish and rework, so readily capable of realizing grand conceptual
structures. (As we shall see later, this tractability has its own problems.)
Yet the program construct, unlike the poet’s words, is real in the sense
that it moves and works, producing visible outputs separately from the
construct itself. It prints results, draws pictures, produces sounds, moves
arms. The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time. One types the
correct incantation on a keyboard, and a display screen comes to life,
showing things that never were nor could be.
Programming then is fun because it gratifies creative longings built deep
within us and delights sensibilities we have in common with all men.”
June 22, 2006 at 1:46 pm #32322AnonymousInactive
>> F. Brooks
>> Mythical Man-Month
It’s a good book.. I was made read it twice in uni.
June 23, 2006 at 7:55 am #32329AnonymousInactive
wow O_o – beautiful :)
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