“Unfortunately this is a lost art these days. Abelson and Sussman’s
‘Programs are meant to be read by humans and only incidentally for computers to execute’
…which should be an unshakable truth for everybody who ventures to write and understand computer programs, is by many considered to be a liability today. Code must be released quickly, must be fast at any cost, must ‘‘create value’’ and ‘‘provide user experience’’. Indeed Kurlansky may have been right when he suggested that all people who fight for something will in the end adopt the traits they detest most in their enemies. Hacker culture has become everything that its members disdained in the May of its age: a club of entrepreneurs, marketers, business people.
Even at the risk of marginalizing myself, I refuse to be part of this new ‘‘hacker’’ culture. Silence, introspection, casually browsing and enjoying your own code, pride in your creation, but also, and probably most importantly, humbleness in the face of complexity are values without which the art of programming is deteriorating to craft, then trade, and then obscurity. It is no longer an art at all, but a business, and I will have no part in it!”
I hate to to be ``that guy,’’ but I always find Lisp (the name) very difficult and distracting to read in all-caps.