Rory asks, Why do I code?
Why do I code? Because I can't cook, or change my own oil, or mow lawns. Because I lettered in drama in High School but I never got discovered walking an L.A. mall. Because I never made any money doing standup. Because, God help me, if I wasn't coding the only think I'd be good at would be selling cars. (I'm REALLY good at selling cars. Seriously.)
For real, I code because I like solving problems that are decidedly solvable. I mean, I hear the problem, I think for a moment, I figure it's "possible" and then I try to figure how to solve it in a way that feels good. Because I dig physics. Because the end of the Carl Sagan's "Contact" was UNSPEAKABLY cool. I code because of that feeling I've gotten 5 or 6 times when I just NAILED a problem and (while alone) raised my arms high in victory the same way that rapid sports fans do. Except I look at them with a worried disdain when they do it, but secretly I wish I felt like that more often.
I code because coding, at its best, is art and literature and math and physics all at the same time.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
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