Code like a girl


Fri, Mar 31st, 2006 12:13 by capnasty NEWS

If your code is too beautiful, too neatly laid out, too readable, you can be assured that some cranky asshole is going to have something to say.

"As for spending too much time on making the code look right down to the last indentation - my code has been called 'girl code' for the same reason..."

And there you have it. I think "girl code" is quite a compliment. Because caring about things like beauty makes us better programmers and engineers. We make better things. Things that aren't just functional, but easy to read, elegantly maintainable, easier--and more joyful--to use, and sometimes flat-out sexy. A passion for aesthetics can mean the difference between code that others enjoy working on vs. code that's stressful to look at. And whether we like it or not, most of the world associates an appreciation for beauty more with women than men (especially geek men). Women may have a genetic advantage here.



You may also be interested in:

According to IBM, the End of the PC Era is Already Here
JavaScript Machines: PC Simulation in a Browser
Cryptography That Could End Software Piracy
Playfun: Teaching Computers to Play Classic NES Games
clippy.js: JavaScript Implementation of Microsoft's Paperclip Assistant