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"Technique?" said the programmer turning from his terminal, "What I follow
is Tao -- beyond all technique! When I first began to program I would see
before me the whole problem in one mass. After three years I no longer saw
this mass. Instead, I used subroutines. But now I see nothing. My whole
being exists in a formless void. My senses are idle. My spirit, free to
work without plan, follows its own instinct. In short, my program writes
itself. True, sometimes there are difficult problems. I see them coming, I
slow down, I watch silently. Then I change a single line of code and the
difficulties vanish like puffs of idle smoke. I then compile the program.
I sit still and let the joy of the work fill my being. I close my eyes for
a moment and then log off."
(From the fortune program.)
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