The Joys of the Craft

The Mythical Man-Month is a great book not only because of its insights about software projects. Fred Brooks also writes about the “The Joys of the Craft":

Why is programming fun? What delights may its practitioner expects as his reward?

  • The first is the sheer joy of making things.
  • […] Second is the pleasure of making things that are useful to other people.
  • […] 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┬ánon repeating┬ánature of the task.
  • […] 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.

Really worth the reading.

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2010-02-22 01:26 -0300