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Recently I looked at my two diplomas one from Comparative Literature studies at Jagiellonian University and
one from Professional Software Development course at CodeClan. How different
they are! First uses language in all its beauty the second one uses syntax for
The book is a treat itself. Beautiful design and illustrations make me reach for it every evening. Recently I deserve a treat!
Book is split in five sections separated with Poetic Interludes . It seems that each part is a Codewars challenge that writers were asked to solve:
The Fibonacci sequence is assigned to Ernest Hemingway, William Shakespeare, Andre Breton, Roberto Bolano and Dan Brown.
Jack Kerouac, Jane Austen, Samuel Johnson, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and James Joyce were asked to write The Factorial program.
J.D. Salinger, Tupac, Virginia Woolf, Geoffrey Chaucer and Vladimir Nabokov helped with The Happy Numbers .
Jorge Luis Borges, Lewis Carroll, Douglas Adams, Charles Dickens and David Foster Wallace worked on a function that returns Prime Numbers .
Probably my favourite dev team: Sylvia Plath, Italo Calvino, J.K. Rowling, Arundhati Roy and Franz Kafka solved the Say It function.
Happy Numbers by Virginia Woolf:
Author then talks through the presented code, explains what the writer wanted to achieve, why it didn't work, or why it worked as the artist wanted it to.
The book made me think about a few things: developer as an artist and relations between JS and literature;
will comparative literature ever include programming language as a type of art?
Very often artists decide to choose the same subject of their artwork. Approaching it with their own painting style, focusing on different features, so the same landscape tells the unique story. The example that comes to my mind is The Night Cafe at Arles painted by two famous expressionists Vincent van Gogh: and Paul Gauguin: Does Angus Croll say that developers are artists too?
I know a little about the literature and a little about the art. The title of my dissertation was: Ekphrasis is Stanislaw Grochowiak’s selected poems . I have made a detailed analysis of his ekphrasis and compared them with paintings that relate to. Looked at structures, composition, colour palette, story that both tell.
After discovering this book I am even happier that in May I decided to change my career.