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Doghouse – What is Fun?

Article from Issue 278/2024

This month I want to write about what makes free software fun for me.

Writing software has always been fun for me. It is like a puzzle, something to be solved with logic, following certain rules. Very little of my work in programming was writing new software. Most of my work in programming was to take things that other people had written and make them run faster or make them simpler to use.

Later in my career I did less programming (yes, I still do a little programming today for my own use) and did more in guiding others to do useful things.

Now, in the twilight of my career, retired from "professional programming" but still volunteering on various projects, I hope to continue guiding others, particularly younger people. And for this I advocate free software and community cooperation.


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