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Free Software Magazine: The Fine Art of Computer Programming

Aug 09, 2005, 02:30 (19 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Barton)

"The free software and open source communities are changing what it means to write code. Specifically, they are extending its audience from a few fellow employees to, theoretically, anyone in the world who wants to read it. Code isn’t just for computers and colleagues anymore and, gradually, we are seeing the beginnings of a body of literary critics and an appreciative readership for source code. What is happening is the gradual realization that reading code can be enjoyable, that code can be artistic as well as correct, and that in the decades ahead some coders will emerge as true artists of an exciting new literary genre. Code is becoming artistic and it's the free software and open source movements that are making this possible..."

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