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May 29, 2008

Code is Mightier than the Sword - Time for Change

The saying "Pen is Mightier than the Sword" is almost 170 years old. Perhaps it's time to change the expression to "Code is Mightier than the Sword."

The pen is mightier than the sword - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The pen is mightier than the sword" is a metonymic adage coined by Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 for his play Richelieu; Or the Conspiracy. ...

Origins of Sayings - The Pen is Mightier Than the Sword 

About the history and origins behind the famous saying the pen is mightier than the sword.

mightier than the sword - My Poetry Blog 

mightier than the sword - Because many of my poems are written from the heart they often touch ... Verification code: Verification code: Generate a new code ...
Pen to Words

Millions of blogs have re-discovered the power of the word. From personal expression that touches the heart of a few to mass media that allows a few to communicate with millions - blogs and the Internet will displace legacy publications. Time and economics favor free self expression. 

Code versus Word

Coding is a specialized form of writing. It's syntactically less forgiving, but the well-designed user experience can impact more people than words. 

The best results are simple, but impactful - like the iPod, iPhone, or Google Search. Complexity brings slow death, like Windows or Yahoo's expanding websites and projects.

Like characters and events that live in the writer's imagination - and come to life in words; a program is a set of objects and methods that germinates in the mind of a programmer; and lives as a website or widget. 

Measured by new wealth, Paul Allen, Sergey Brin, Steve Chen, Larry Ellison, David Filo, Bill Gates, Chad Hurley, Steve Jobs*, Larry Page, Jerry Yang, and Mark Zuckerberg trace their roots to code. (*Jobs was a fontographer with similar intensity to a programmer.)

Do these individuals have more power than top editors, and world leaders? Have they impacted billions of people?

War for Coders

Adobe, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Myspace, and Yahoo have loosened the flood gates to fight for the sole of the best coders.

Google to preach Web 2.0 gospel to developers

Facebook To Open Source Facebook Platform

Sometime soon, perhaps this week, Facebook will turn the year-old Facebook Platform into an open source project, multiple sources have told us. The immediate effect will be to allow any social network to become Facebook Platform compatible - meaning application developers can easily take their Facebook applications and have them run on those social networks, too.

Still Seeking Coders Interested in Journalism

It's now been almost exactly a year since we announced (thanks to a Knight News Challenge grant) that programmer-developers could earn full scholarships to study journalism in the master's program at the Medill School at Northwestern University. We've got plenty of scholarship money still available -- but we have not been overwhelmed with applications...


Words are cheap, but great words have meaningful value. 

Great code changes worlds.

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