Saturday, 29 October 2016

What are computer programmers?

I came across the following as somebody's tag line on a Microsoft forum but couldn't find out anything more. It suggests that...

"A programmer is just a tool which converts caffeine into code"

In this there was more than an echo of:

'A chicken is only an egg's way of making another egg' which is attributed to Samuel Butler (1613-1680). This idea is now commonly used in biology - not least by Richard Dawkins - to describe an organism as a gene's way of making more genes.

In short, nothing is as it may appear on the surface.