More information about the Underscore mailing list

[_] Is programming art?

Chris Kaminski chris at
Wed Jul 6 11:42:51 BST 2005

> A programme can be neat and clean, perhaps beautiful if it
> contains a new trick or style, or cuts through a problem in a
> neat way, but that's not art.
> The code itself doesn't in any way inspire us to think of
> life in new ways.

No? Never? You've never thought about a problem or situation that seemed
easier to express in code than in English? The use of abstraction and what
doesn't ever affect your worldview, or give you insight into the workings of
other complex systems (e.g. institutions)?

I have to say I feel otherwise.