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"all religions, arts and sciences are branches of the same tree. all these aspirations are directed toward ennobling man's life, lifting it from the sphere of mere physical existence and leading the individual towards freedom." albert einstein

Why Coding Is Fun

"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. [...]

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. [...]

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. [...]

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 sometimes both.

Finally, there is the delight of working in such a tractable medium. The programmer [...] 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 gran conceptual structures.

Yet the program construct [...] is real in the sense that it moves and works, producing visible outputs separate from the construct itself.

From Fred Brooke's "Mythical Man Month"
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De: topyli Fecha: 2014-03-05 10:50

The original source is Fred Brooke's "Mythical Man Month".

De: luisbg Fecha: 2014-03-05 17:29

Thanks topyli,


De: JJ Fecha: 2014-03-09 10:35

But there's such a thing as learning too much...

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