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If "Programming is Combat " , then I must ask the question..."Who or what is the enemy?"
Is it "unruly entropy-laden electrons", disruptions in the "stream of correct information", or greedy bosses trying to squeeze productivity out of you?
We (especially in the US) are being overwhelmed with the "military mentality", but is it reality?
It seems ( to me anyways) that reality is learning to live "in harmony" with the earth and the cosmos; and the "real battle" is within ourselves as we resist the "natural harmony" of things.
Or maybe its like Pogo said "We have met the enemy, and he is us".
So how about looking at programming as "making love".....we learn tricks to bring the code to "electronic orgasm" ( i.e. It RUNS :-) )
I'm not really a human, but I play one on earth. flash japh