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Of Bird Brains & Programmers

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Sloke
Sloke
2/17/2012 5:23:46 PM
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Re: Programmers are artists
Programing is a Science that is Created as Art.

And I, too believe this possessiveness is a good thing. Artists, are very protective of their work. "I figured this out, maybe Mathematically, but I created it as an Artist."

And you must admit, that all through your professional life (even back in school), that you could tell whose programs were whose. It's very personal; a reflection of ourselves, so we damn well had better make it the best it can be.

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John W. Verity
John W. Verity
2/17/2012 2:12:13 PM
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Re: Bird brains and binges
@BarbJ, plumbing is perhaps the perfect metaphor for programming! Remember that Three Stooges scene where they connect up some electrical wires and water pours out of a light fixture (or some such)? That's what it's like when your program messes up. And when it works right, especially after a long stint of coding, there's nbo better feeling. It's like hitting the jackpot or lighting up the Special button on a (old-style) pinball machine, with that soul-satisfying THWACK sound confirming that you really are, at least for a moment, Master of the Universe. 

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John W. Verity
John W. Verity
2/17/2012 2:08:04 PM
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Re: Thrill of Programming
Programming in the blood? I would agree. I think some people have it, others don't. I imagine it helps to have been introduced to good tools and languages right from the beginning, vs. struggling with BASIC or something. Much like mathematics: A good instructor can make all the difference.

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nasimson
nasimson
2/16/2012 2:29:38 PM
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Re: Programmers are artists
For me, I've always found the night time to be the perfect time to do programming, even if it's not something that requires a whole night's hard work. Something about the calmness of that time spurs the creative process in me. Many a times I've put on my favourite tunes and spent quality hours in the night programming.

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sohaibmasood
sohaibmasood
2/16/2012 12:43:15 PM
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Re: Programmers are artists
True.  Both programmers and artists think of their programs and art work as creations. They are often too attached with their creations because they spent countless hours trying make them perfect. And I believe it is the effort involved in programming that fuels this possessive attitude. 

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nasimson
nasimson
2/16/2012 8:58:05 AM
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Re: Programmers are artists
I agree, programmers and artist are much the same in many ways. I think another comparison that can be drawn is that both programmers and artist are incredibly possessive of their work and don't like it being fiddled with. They spend a lot of time making something that holds a certain value for them and they don't like other people altering it or trying to make improvements.

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Sloke
Sloke
2/15/2012 4:21:45 PM
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Re: Thrill of Programming
I disagree. I've been a programmer for more years than I would like to admit; and I have NEVER, ever spent countless hours just to get mundane tasks completed. For me, and most of the programmers I know (and propbably all in the beginning), if it's not something that excites me, challenges me, or in other ways "stirs my juices", I cannot get that involved with it.

 I am a Scientific Programmer; I don't llike the business & financial end. The subject, or the challenge has to appeal to me. I have, rarely, done mundane jobs, and rarely stayed late... but that was to help a Friend, nothing more.

 Programming is something that's in our blood.

 

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BarbJ
BarbJ
2/15/2012 4:12:31 PM
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Bird brains and binges
Although I can't say I relate to programming tales, the creative process is often all-consuming. All nighters, runs out the 24/7 convenience store...but when something does work, whether it is a program, a feature story or rudimentary plumbing repairs, it's priceless

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Taimoor Zubar
Taimoor Zubar
2/15/2012 10:58:29 AM
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Re: Tips for staying awake
"Coffee and some snacks are my companion if I feel sleepy!"

I'd say coffee and other caffeine-laden items are a programmer's best friends! I can't recall the last time I was able to work on an important project without having a caffeine doze.


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Taimoor Zubar
Taimoor Zubar
2/15/2012 10:44:32 AM
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Programmers are artists
Great post, John. I have always believed programmers are artists and they derive the same satisfaction from programming that an artist derives by working on his/her piece of art. Just as an artist doesn't mind spending days and nights and endless effort on the art, a programmer would also not refrain from doing so. It's not just the recognition and reward that keeps a programmer motivated. More importantly, it's the sense of achievement you get when you produce a fine piece of art.

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