[NetBehaviour] is programming art ?

clemos cl3mos at gmail.com
Wed Jul 6 12:40:51 CEST 2005

from the painting-a-good-program dept.

chromatic writes "A constant question for software developers is 'What
is the nature of programming?' Is it art or science? Does creativity
or engineering lead the design and implementation of a program? John
Littler talked to several well-known and well-respected programmers
(including Guido van Rossum, Andy Hunt, Bjarne Stroustrup, Paul
Graham, and Richard Stallman) to find their answers; he shares their
thoughts and his own in Art and Computer Programming." From the
article: "What the heck is art anyway, at least as most people
understand it? What do people mean when they say 'art'? A straw poll
showed a fair degree of consensus--art is craft plus a special degree
of inspiration. This pretty much explains immediately why only art
students and art critics at a certain sort of paper favor conceptual
art. Conceptual art, of course, often lacks a craft component as
people usually understand the term."


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