What even is code?

Every hard-fought factoid about the absolute best and most principled way to use the language will be fetid zoo garbage by the end of the year.

—Paul Ford, What Is Code?

Finally completed the magnum opus that is Paul Ford’s 38,000-word essay about writing software. And this, after having had a colleague remind me of its existence back in November and trying for weeks in the interstices of the day to make progress.

Among the charming sets of words he strung together, these were my favorite. This week’s goal: work “fetid zoo garbage” into a sentence.

By Ken Walker

Husband, Father, Analyst. In a glass case of emotion since 1978.