Jun 292009

If software programming logic and statements were viewed as literature, what form of literature would yours be?

  • Novel: multiple independent story lines that you hope will eventually converge to make a point.
  • Short story: a limited number of characters with only one point to make
  • Essay: tell ’em what you’re going to say, say it, then tell ’em what you said
  • Tragedy: everything that can go wrong usually does
  • Sonnet: ornately crafted for no particular reason
  • Ode: behold my skillz, and despair!
  • Thriller: I’ve got a  bad feeling about this…
  • Murder Mystery: when things go wrong, top priority is on placing blame
  • Self-Help: You can do it!  Please do.
  • Epic Saga: “Help! I can’t stop writing!”
  • Technical Documentation: Useful bits hidden in a sea of jargon, surrounded by a narcoleptic field
  • Government Bulletin: Technical docs sans useful bits
  • Billboard: all flash, no substance

Since I come from the school of “simple elegance”, I’d have to say that my ideal software’s literary equivalent would be

Comedy: If you have to explain it, it’s not very good.