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I became a writer because I *can't* program. I've tried, keep trying, and it
just doesn't make sense in my head. I can read and mostly understand
others'code, and I can write HTML and CSS in my sleep, but when it comes to
writing actual code, I don't understand why a few lines that seem to make
sense in my head won't do what I want them to do.
This is also the big problem I have with XSL - who decided design should be
created in code?
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> Subject: Re: Programmer/Writers
> All you're seeing here is the computer/software part of the
> technical writing world catching up with those parts in which
> products are made by cutting, welding, soldering or otherwise
> assembling physical objects.
> Wanting someone to both program and write is a symptom of the
> current economic environment. Wanting a writer who has the
> knowledge and ability required *to* program is merely the
> recognition that anything less was a compromise in skills
> required to adjust to a previous economic situation in which
> people with that kind of talent were being offered absurd
> amounts of money by VC-fueled startups with bad business
> models to write about things they knew nothing about, and
> that those conditions no longer exist.
> Gene Kim-Eng
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