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Apr 09, 2019 11:59:11

Software, my Love

by @basilesamel PATRON | 207 words | 302🔥 | 340💌

Basile Samel

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I started programming at 13 to build my own role-playing game forum engine in PHP. I failed, but the magic of software stayed with me and I wanted to become a software engineer. I am fortunate I didn't discover programming through the prism of formal education. I had an issue to solve, coding was the solution: it wasn't forced on me, it came to me.

A program is a bag of instructions transforming an input into a worthwhile output. Software allows us to represent knowledge in a different way, sometimes more efficiently, to access it or distribute it. The beauty of software resides in its educational purpose. Education comes from "ex-ducere", meaning, "to guide", toward what's outside. Software is an opportunity for growth, an opportunity to transcend, the ability to help others access a higher level of comfort - freedom from pain. 

And this is why I find programming so beautiful. A vision of pure creation. A language coming to life to bend reality.

Humans have a tendency to disenchant the world. If I had to convince someone to study software engineering, I wouldn't define it as pure engineering. Instead, I would emphasize its creative yet practical aspect. Being a great software engineer is being an innovative problem solver.

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    @basilesamel reminds me of a quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupery: "If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea."

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Apr 09, 2019 21:15:40
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    @basilesamel

    Nice to read this. Do you still have ambitions of making something videogame-related? Have you considered gamifying the interactions of this website more?

    Sir Abe avatar Sir Abe | Apr 09, 2019 13:00:16
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      @basilesamel @abrahamKim - Gamify this site!!!

      Keni avatar Keni | Apr 09, 2019 08:09:10
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      @abrahamKim @keni

      Nothing videogame-related.

      Sure :) Don't know when though. I thought about badges and a point system à la Duolinguo. Let me know if you guys have suggestions.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 09, 2019 14:23:05
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