29 Oct 2018

Teddy Roosevelt’s the Man in the Arena is great. Then it occured to me! What if I could rewrite for modern day software engineers?

Lo and behold, The man in the IDE!

The Man in the IDE

It is not management who counts; not the VP who points out how lousy the features are, or how the developer could have done it better.

The credits belongs to the engineer who is actually fighting the compiler, whose eyes are marred by parenthesis and asterisks; who strives viciously; who errs, who comes short and short again, because there is no effort without exceptions and stack overflows; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great shortcuts, the great macros; who spends himself for a worthy line of code; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of low cpu cycles, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid losers who neither know binary nor linked lists.