30 Aug '15, 5pm

#creativity #learning #programming #PracticeMakesPermanent

Today, Dave questioned the emphasis on nouns over verbs in software development. This hit a nerve. The thought that most stands out to me is: Once I started thinking about this as a pattern, it started to change the way I look at many of the other artifacts we produce (including the delivered programs themselves). Some people say that programming is an art form. This is significantly less popular than the programming-as-engineering metaphor, but assuming it has some merit, there seem to be some holes (or lessons-to-be-learned, perhaps) in the way we practice. Without going into a full scale contrast between the practice of programming and, say, music, there is one particular aspect of practicing “art” which seems conspicuously missing from the every day work of the programmer. As a musician, I might spend a significant portion of my practice schedule playing things that no...

Full article: http://chadfowler.com/blog/2003/03/25/valueless-software/

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