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I stumbled across Paul's website a year ago, and was severly shaken by his writing. His ideas have inspired me more than anything has in years. So much so, that I started writing my echoed thoughts in my O'Reilly blog.

His essay "Hackers and Painters" resonated with me because, coming from my music background, I had always felt that programming is like songwriting.

His essays about how the programming language shapes the way you think made me write about the glass ceiling I felt with new features I was learning.

But hands-down, his ideas on bottom-up programming have changed the entire way I look at all the programming I do.

THANK YOU Paul for the most inspiring essays I've read since Brian Eno. :-)

Hackers and Painters - Paul Graham

Hackers and painters: hackers are makers, like painters or architects or writers --

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To which I'd add, what hackers and painters don't have in common is everything else. The fatuousness of the parallel becomes obvious if you think for five seconds about what computer programmers and painters actually do.

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It's surprisingly hard to pin Paul Graham down on the nature of the special bond he thinks hobbyist programmers and painters share. In his essays he tends to flit from metaphor to metaphor like a butterfly, never pausing long enough to for a suspicious reader to catch up with his chloroform jar. The closest he comes to a clear thesis statement is at the beginning "Hackers and Painters":

Hackers and Painters
When I finished grad school in computer science I went to art school to study painting. A lot of people seemed surprised that someone interested in computers would also be interested in painting. They seemed to think that hacking and painting were very different kinds of work-- that hacking was cold, precise, and methodical, and that painting was the frenzied expression of some primal urge. What hackers and painters have in common is that they're both makers. Along with composers, architects, and writers, what hackers and painters are trying to do is make good things. They're not doing research per se, though if in the course of trying to make good things they discover some new technique, so much the better. Both of these images are wrong. Hacking and painting have a lot in common. In fact, of all the different types of people I've known, hackers and painters are among the most alike. Paul Graham co-wrote the software for Viaweb, which was bought out by Yahoo for their successful build-it-yourself online stores kit. Hackers and Painters is his reflections on software design, eBusiness, open software, and capitalism today. You might be surprised by the resulting mix. It’s written in an engaging, grab-you-by-the-lapels style, and because he’s studied it, a lot of the argument is conducted via the metaphor of painting. Overall this works, because he is putting the case for craftsmanship, discipline, and originality. He makes an interesting defence of a hacker’s right to disregard copyright – on the grounds that we need to keep their anti-authoritarian attitudes alive to preserve civil liberties, defending a free, strong society.
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Hackers and Painters skills sharing sessions are currently held at Plug-in (Level 2) just across the road from Fusionopolis/One-North MRT, always from 1 pm to 2 pm, every Friday (except for Public Holidays).

(Actually, Graham isn't the only person to combine hacking and painting.  of  has been doing this actively for several years.)

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Both of these images are wrong. Hacking and painting have alot in common. In fact, of all the different types of people I'veknown, hackers and painters are among the most alike.

After reading Hackers and Painters, I can honestly say it wasn’t what I was expecting

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In this book, the author views hackers

(i.e. programmers

who create imaginative solutions)

as makers like

painters, architects and composers.

The book consists of 15 short essays

(from 7 to 31 pages long)

on important topics related to the computer age.

If you find at least two of the following questions intriguing,

I suggest getting this book:

Why are nerds unpopular?

How are hackers and painters similar?

How can you tell what it's dangerous to say?

How is wealth created?

This book is provocative and you're likely to find your mind ablaze with ideas if you engage with it.

I've also written a longer review,

but I'm not sure where I'll put it.

It ends: "This book engages with some particularly important ideas involving hackers and the world we live in.

You do live in this world, right?

If so, read this book."