Peter Seibel writes:
It was sometime after that presentation that I finally realized the obvious: code is not literature. We don’t read code, we decode it. We examine it. A piece of code is not literature; it is a specimen.
His essay seems to stand counter to Jeremy Ashkenas’ presentation I posted three years ago.
I disagree. Seibel misses the symmetry of reading and writing.
The act of writing English often flows and causes a reading to flow. The act of programming rarely flows and is highly analytical, so it follows that a reading will similarly lack flow and require analysis.
Code is simply an unconventional type of literature.