Friday 21 May 2004

Programming in the Brain

I like how this guy articulates what Programmers see after immersing themselves in source code:

Programming in the Brain

I'm staring at source code again. This time it's not mine. I'm not looking for a flaw. I'm not trying to fix something. I'm just trying to understand; hundreds of files, thousands of functions, millions of lines. I stare at them and I read them, not line by line. I skip over those and glance at declarations. I see words stitched together into names with parameters and types. I'm not sure what they mean yet, unfamiliar with the pattern. I don't really know what the code inside does, but that's just details. I see the names to know who they are, where they are. I'm building a roadmap in my brain.

Check out the rest of that article on his blog; it gets better.