TITLE: I've Been Reddited AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: October 24, 2008 12:10 PM DESC: ----- BODY: I don't know if "reddited" is a word like "slashdotted" yet, but I can say that yesterday's post, No One Programs Any More, has reached #1 on Reddit's programming channel. This topic seems to strike a chord with a lot of people, both in the software business and in other technology pursuits. Here are my favorite comments so far:
I can't think of a single skill I've learned that has had more of an impact on my life than a semi-advanced grasp of programming.
This person received some grief for ranking learning how to program ahead of, say, learning how to eat, but I know just what the commenter means. Learning to program changes one's mind in the same way that learning to read and write. Another commenter agreed:
It's amazing how after a year of programming at university, I began to perceive the world around me differently. The way I saw things and thought about them changed significantly. It was almost as if I could feel the change.
Even at my advanced age, I love when that feeling strikes. Beginning to understand call/cc felt like that (though I don't think I fully grok it yet). My favorite comment is a bit of advice I recommend for you all:
I will not argue with a man named Eugene.
Reddit readers really are smart! -----