BEAUT.E(CODE) Computer Professionals Reflect on the Art in Software

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BEAUT.E(CODE) Computer Professionals Reflect on the Art in Software

Text keypunched onto computer cards, “bound” with custom printed rubber band

35 cards, 3.25 x 7.25 x .5"

Open edition

Created 2002

This book documents interviews conducted with computer software developers to explore the aesthetic values in, and their fond feelings for, computer programming. Quotes are edited to fit an 80 column punch card.

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Text includes:
Well-written code is like well-written prose. There’s a flow, a clarity.
It gives a feeling of completeness
It responds to errors, clears up misunderstandings gently, carefully, sweetly
A great code is probably as rare as diamonds
Beautiful software reflects a profound understanding of the world in some way
Like a good poem, there are new levels of insight to be gained at each reading
Like a good lecture, it leaves me with a desire to use what I’ve just learned
I feel a satisfaction. I can resonate with it.
Software in which the soul of the developer can be seen
A piece of software is among the most complex creations of mankind
Akin to good writing music poetry, even the arrangement of the stars in the sky
Elegance in simplicity, understandability, with significant function and use
Beautiful software is elegant, inspiring, lean, clear, revealing
Timeless. Sweet. Clever.
Elegant. Subtle. Surprising.
Rhythmic, spare, modest, clean
Elegant. Neat. Sophisticated. It makes my head swim.
Uniqueness, balance, clarity
Integrity, quality
The code: elegant, clear. The user experience: smooth, appropriate, engaging.
Beautiful software is lean, elegant, and efficient
It is a living thing
I’m driven to understand things deeply. Programming gives me a vehicle for that
To me it feels more like a calling as opposed to a job to make a lot of money
Such a simple box you can instill so much power just by pressing different keys
There is nothing like the satisfaction of getting a program to work
I wanted to build things. Building with software is like having a mega Lego box
Solving problems, fitting pieces together, doing powerful things by just typing
I will not let this computer beat me. I will not let this computer win.
Have your own way of doing things. Develop a style. Put some soul into it.
I like to solve puzzles and see if I can make the machine do what I want
I’m a creative person. I can’t sing, compose, draw. I want to create something.
Programming is still the most fun I can have sitting in a chair with arms


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