Programming and surgeons 04.17.2007

John Gruber wrote on Daring Fireball:

Um, maybe they think about computer science as programming because it is programming? Without programming, how exactly are computer scientists going to revolutionize anything at all? It’s like saying that people are discouraged from becoming surgeons because they think of it as “cutting people open”.

The point was to encourage people to think beyond the mundane tasks, and consider why someone is programming. Surgeons want to save lives. “Cutting people open” is merely an act in the pursuit of saving a life.

Many might see programming as the end goal for people Computer Science, when in fact, programming is merely serving the pursuit of something greater.