What is Programming?

Dec 28th, 2003 by Tony in * one-offs

What does a programmer do besides talk in programming language? Most programmers would have trouble explaining what they do. Programming is a job filled with details, and keeping track of those details requires focus. Hours drift by and the code appears. You look up and there are all of those statements. If you don’t think carefully, you might think that programming is just typing statements in a programming language. You would be wrong, of course, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by looking around the programming section of the bookstore.

— Ward Cunningham, Foreward, The Pragmatic Programmer

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