I’ve been thinking recently about how some people have jobs that most everyone can “understand” more or less – we all know kinda sorta what a teacher or a policeman does – while others work in areas that are virtually inaccessible to the general public. I’m often reminded how little my family and closest friends understand about how I spend my days.
So Paul Ford of Businessweek has written this colossal, 38,000-word article “What Is Code” that attempts to bridge that gap. I’m not sure it succeeds (or that any article could) but it’s a fine attempt and a damn good read. Even for coders. It took hours to get through, and reading is not generally how I like to spend my weekend time, but it was time very well spent. Super recommend.
8 Replies to “What Is Code?”
That JVMVM bit had me almost destroy my computer screen and keyboard with IPA.
Michael, say more please – what ticked you off?
Are you utilizing this idiom: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/tick+off or is there another idiom I am unaware of? I was unable to interpret this question.
Yes – you appeared to be annoyed by his coverage of JVMVM. I’m asking what about it annoyed you.
No, I meant that it made me laugh! =]
Oh! Well that’s very different. Nevermind :)
Yeah I meant to say “thanks for posting, this was very amusing and might be a great article to show to people I know who don’t do any programming” but somehow ultimately ended up leaving that part out. I blame the aforementioned IPA for this!
Haha! Yeah, anyway, I thought it was a really well done piece.