Angelaki 11 (1):89 – 97 (2006)

Aden Evens
Dartmouth College
This article asks what is creative about the act of programming. Observing that in most programming contexts, each line of code is written with a specific end in mind, it would seem as though there is little room for creativity, as the ends constrain the choices of means. However, there are many features of coding languages that open up creative possibilities. Object-oriented coding environments purport to make programming more about structures that humans might work with and less about features of computers, and other innovative coding techniques, such as RTTI design, suggest that there may be no limit to the creative possibilities of code.
Keywords programming  code  object-oriented programming  creativity
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DOI 10.1080/09697250600797930
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