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Subject: The programmer, like the poet ...
From: "Daniel Ajoy" <da.ajoy@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 05 Apr 2012 21:38:20 -0500

"The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure
thought-stuff. He builds 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. Yet the program construct, unlike the poet's
words, is real in the sense that it moves and works, producing visible
outputs separate 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. ... The computer resembles the magic of legend in this
respect, too. If one character, one pause, of the incantation is not
strictly in proper form, the magic doesn't work. Human beings are not
accustomed to being perfect, an few areas of human activity demand it.
Adjusting to the requirement for perfection is, I think, the most
difficult part of learning to program."

-Frederick P. Brooks
Jr. The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Anniversary
Edition (2nd Edition) by Frederick P. Brooks , ISBN: 0201835959 , Page: 7-8

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