> Different programming languages feel viscerally different, right? I can’t be the only one. It’s so embodied.
> When I’m deep in multiple nested parentheses in a C-like language, even Python, I feel precarious, like I’m walking a high wire or balancing things in my hands and picking my way down steep stairs. It’s a relief to close the braces.
The subjective experience of coding in different programming languages
Marcelle Rusu (they/them)
12/17/2023, 7:07 PM
I've tried to write about this
To me what's most exciting about creating a language is creating a feeling / world to live in that is deeply subjective
Like creating an album, or a movie, or a painting, software has an opportunity to explore what it would be like to physically manifest a feeling & share it with each other
And importantly, the consistency you are able to do this, I've found strongly correlates to the quality of the program.
This indicates that software is in fact an art form & should be treated & critiqued with similar attitudes as other art forms.
This doesn't negate more formal critique, but it should be an integral part of evaluating software quality.
12/18/2023, 10:32 PM
Do people still close their brackets by hand? Since I expect the answer is "no", how does this affect the visceral subjective experience described here?