Thursday, March 13, 2014

I Am My Code

I Am My Code

I really dislike the saying "You are not your code" even though its meaning migth not be as bad as it sounds. It sort of means that we should criticize the code and not the person who wrote it. Well, fair enough, we want to stay civilized a long as possible, right?

It's just that "You are not your code", to me, sounds like the words from a programmer that does not really care. "I'm just going to throw some code in there.. it does not really matter cause it's not who I am". That's SLOPPINESS of first degree and you all know it.

First of all, I love programming and like the other things that I love, such as my wife and children, they are a BIG part of me. If someone speaks of your children in a negative way, you're telling me that it does not get to you?

I think of my code in very much the same way. Its my legacy, something I have put a lot of thought and consideration into. It might not be perfect, but it's the result of passion and hard work.

If you're a programmer and don't have a true passion about what you do you should seriously consider another line of work.


vegar said...

I guess it all comes down to the fact that giving good critics is hard, and handling critics are even harder...

Bernhard Richter said...

That is so true. By taking great pride in our work and doing it properly, there might be less criticism too:). At least the negative kind.