So first off, this is a pleasant break from reading about everyone’s favorite project, and I’d like to thank enn for submitting it. :)
Personally, I’m in the camp who definitely see this sort of “programs as art” thing as real and interesting. And, yes, since it’s only recently become acceptable to write about that from an academic artsy viewpoint, even though it’s been going on as far back as mainframes, hearing about the early microcomputer era is pretty interesting.
I haven’t read the book yet. The article shows some fun pictures and makes the book sound pretty interesting. Also I’m already familiar with Ian Bogost, who is one of the coauthors. So my take is that it’s at least worth a click and five minutes of your morning. :)
Every good programmer I ever met started out with Logo or BASIC.
For people interested in art and programming, I always say; goto this.
As Dijkstra said:
It is practically impossible to teach good programming to students that have had a prior exposure to BASIC: as potential programmers they are mentally mutilated beyond hope of regeneration.
That paper had more useful quotes than that.
This one seems relevant (and maybe timely):
The easiest machine applications are the technical/scientific computations.
And they say, “I don’t know what the goto keyword is”, because they aren’t programmers :)