Coding, programming

Why I love coding

Recently I was asked by my wife to look into creating a little application to create a schedule for a softball season. I had done a bunch of coding within SQL, but hadn’t used a true programming language for quite a while. Most of my experience was with procedural languages and not Object Oriented languages. To be honest, I’ve always felt that Object Oriented languages are a bit bloated and that functionality might not be required for all solutions. I feel this is one of those solutions.

So I tried to search out a new procedural language I could play with. When I went to University and was gainfully employed, I was using procedural languages. Pascal, Fortran, Cobol, Natural, and C were familiar to me. After doing some searching I eventually I found Go. It seems to have the right mix of formality and informality that I was looking for to code this type of solution. My requirements were also pretty basic to just do some calculations and generate pretty basic output. So I started to install the tools and I started to code.

Enjoyment

I really enjoyed the process of coding and the joy was not unlike my son and how he enjoys playing Minecraft. It was all about being able to create things.

When I code, I take great pleasure is being able to essentially create a mini-model of the world and to be able to get that world to operate like I require. It is a bit of a kick to be able to control exactly how the computer program runs and what behavior gets executed. Even if that something is rudimentary like a Fibonacci sequence or generating prime numbers. Being able to duplicate a structure from the real world is fun, challenging, and provides a real sense of accomplishment.

Of course I’m remembering only the good times of my relationship with coding. Like any old flame, I’m sure I am forgetting those long nights arguing for hours about an improperly typed variable that caused a strange bug. But I am going to try to see if some of that old spark remains.

On the plus side, the IDE interfaces make all the languages look young and robust. How could I resist?

About Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio is passionate about his work as the Manager of the Project Management Office at the University of Manitoba. Terry oversees the governance on Information Technology projects to make sure the most important projects are being worked on in a consistent and effective way. Terry also provides leadership on the customized Project Methodology that is followed. The Project Methodology is a equal mix of Prince2, Agile, Traditional, and Business Value. Terry strives to bring Brutal Visibility, Eliminating Information islands, Right Sizing Documentation, Promoting Collaboration and Role-Based Non-Consensus, and short Feedback Loops to Minimize Inventory to the Agile Project Management Office. As a fan of pragmatic Agile, Terry always tries to determine if we can deliver value as soon as possible through iterations. As a practical Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Traditional and Agile approaches. Terry is a fan of AWE (Agile With Estimates), the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, and asking why?

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