Code to joy
Is learning to code in middle age a fool’s errand or a committed act of digital citizenship?
“During the six weeks I spend building a mini-website, I learn some valuable lessons. The most important is that computers are insanely literal and pedantic. An absent colon or extraneous bracket is easy to miss and is likely to cause the machine to stare at you uncomprehendingly, metaphorical fingers drumming on the table. One high-end programmer tells me how she spent six months hunting a bug within a big system, knowing others had tried and failed, finally tracking the problem to an underscore that should have been a dash. A shift-devil, she calls it. No wonder coders can appear nervy and terse to outsiders.”Posted on 2018-05-26T22:59:32+0000