Dabblers and Blowhards

Idle Words criticizes Paul Graham’s Hackers and Painters in Dabblers and Blowhards:

It is true that both painters and programmers make things, just like a pastry chef makes a wedding cake, or a chicken makes an egg. But nothing about what they make, the purposes it serves, or how they go about doing it is in any way similar.

It’s an entertaining, though somewhat brutal, attack on Hackers and Painters. He points out several factual errors in the essay and, in effect, tells Graham to stick to the subjects that he knows, such as Lisp.

I, for one, enjoy Paul’s essays and hope he continues writing on whatever subjects catch his interest. His essays are always well-written and thought-provoking, whatever you might say about their factual accuracy. (via Zach Beane)

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