ONJava.com -- The Independent Source for Enterprise Java
oreilly.comSafari Books Online.Conferences.

advertisement

AddThis Social Bookmark Button
Article:
  Art and Computer Programming
Subject:   Medium vs Message
Date:   2005-07-06 06:30:03
From:   nurbles

The article and many of the comments seem to be trying to consider where programming is an art by examining coding. IMHO, that is no more valid than examining typing (or handwriting) to determine if a novellist is an artist or examining hammers and chisels to decide is sculptors are artists.

The code is a tool the way that information is accessed, manipulated and presented is the art that a programmer produces. Combining existing ideas in new ways (and creating completely new ideas) to make some chunk on information more useful (or whatever aesthetic pleases you) is what makes programming art.