The tao of Programming

23 Feb

Prince Wang’s programmer was coding software. His fingers
danced upon the keyboard. The program compiled without an
error message, and the program ran like a gentle wind.
“Excellent!” the Prince exclaimed, “Your technique is faultless!”
“Technique?” said the programmer turning from his terminal,
“What I follow is Tao — beyond all techniques! When I first
began to program I would see before me the whole problem in
one mass. After three years I no longer saw this mass. Instead, I
used subroutines. But now I see nothing. My whole being exists
in a formless void. My senses are idle. My spirit, free to work
without plan, follows its own instinct. In short, my program
writes itself. True, sometimes there are difficult problems. I see
them coming, I slow down, I watch silently. Then I change a
single line of code and the difficulties vanish like puffs of idle
smoke. I then compile the program. I sit still and let the joy of
the work fill my being. I close my eyes for a moment and then
log off.”
Prince Wang said, “Would that all of my programmers were as

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