Code as a tool, not code for code’s sake

Interesting article shared with me by Derek Smart:

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This got me to thinking about my (sometimes contentious) relationship with code over the last 23 years. I first started coding with HyperTalk in 1991 at the age of 7. I loved it not because I was about to write elegant code (I wasn’t), but because I was able to make things happen. I was able to create things that had heretofore never existed, using only a string of characters in the right order.

Fast forward to today, and that’s still the relationship that I have with code. I don’t care HOW something comes to be, I care about what it is and what it can do. I try not to be a cowboy coder, but I also am not a code poet. I don’t take the time and care to craft beautifully elegant solutions.

For this reason, it’s probably a good thing that I don’t spend much of my time writing code any more. I love having the ability to see a problem, imagine a solution, and just build it, but I love being able to help others see the forest while they’re stuck in the trees even more.

About the author Sam Hotchkiss

Sam currently leads development on the widely used Jetpack plugin at Automattic, he's started and run multiple successful companies, and enjoys taking photos when he gets the chance. When they're not traveling, Sam and his wife, Becky, live in beautiful New Mexico, where he passes the time by talking about himself in third person.

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