Sunday, January 3, 2016

Architecture With Words

Today's Sunday reflection, from Emanuel Derman in "My Life As a Quant":
"What I did like above all else at the [AT&T] Labs was the beauty of creating software. Ignorant people called it 'coding,' as though there was something mechanical about it, the mere uncomprehending translation from one set of symbols to another. People who liked it unabashedly called themselves 'programmers.' Whatever you called it, I discovered  that programming was one of the purest activities; it was truly architecture with words. By some strange unanimity of opposites, both my scientist and business-world friends were condescending about programming -- they thought it inferior to doing physics or making money. But I fell in love with it."

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