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Smashing Magazine:
The Poetics Of Coding
May 06, 2010 @ 12:16:07

On the Smashing Magazine site today there's a new post with an interesting perspective on how writing code (regardless of the language) is similar to writing poetry - a more human spin on something generally thought of as logical and restrictive.

That's an interesting metaphor. Recently, I've written about the different languages used by designers and developers, and also about the relationship between these coding languages and proper human language (specifically, English). As someone who graduated from university with a degree in English Literature and came to Web design in a roundabout way, this kind of thinking has always interested me.

He starts at a high level looking at a superficial similarity in how they're structured on the page and how they can use just the things they need to get their point across. He also talks about the bad code/bad poetry similarities and how purpose, meaning and structure all come into play.

Be sure to check out the great comments for more thoughts on the subject.

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A Sad PHP Poem
June 26, 2006 @ 11:58:35

Never let it be said that geeks aren't without a sense of humor - even the saddest moments seem somewhat happer when expressed through code.

A sad poem of an algorithm where solitude brought excessive use of cpu cycles and memory allocation for redundant data (it copied over and over again the same image till all memory was filled with it)

This definitely belongs in the "random PHP-related things" area, but it's still a fun little read. Check it out - just try to not get too despondent.

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