Magic is Real

A friend once needed cheering up because she felt all the magic in the world was dying. I told her about this quote from Fredrick Brooks:

The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination. Few media of creation are so flexible, so easy to polish and rework, so readily capable of realizing grand conceptual structures. …

Yet the program construct, unlike the poet’s words, is real in the sense that it moves and works, producing visible outputs separate from the construction itself. it prints results, draws pictures, produces sounds, moves arms. The magic of myth and legend has true in our time. One types the correct incantation on the keyboard and a display screen comes to life, showing things that never were nor could be.

Fredrick Brooks, The Mythical Man-Month, p. 7

Magic is real.

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