How To Program

 

  1. Have an idea: I’ll make the computer do…. that!
  2. Sit down at the keyboard. Stare blankly. Start typing. Stop typing. Walk away.
  3. Have an idea: I’ll make the computer do that…. like this!
  4. Sit down at the keyboard. Stare blankly. Start typing. Stop typing. Walk away.
  5. Have an idea: I’ll make the computer do that like this… producing this output!
  6. Sit down at the keyboard. Start typing. Stop typing. See that you’ve got the output you wanted.
  7. Have an idea: Now I’ll just generalise from that output!
  8. Repeat.
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