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Coding Freedom by E. Gabriella Coleman

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CHAPTER 3

The Craft and Craftiness of Hacking

I have nothing to declare but my genius.

—Oscar Wilde

I, for the first time, gave its proper place among the prime necessities of human well-being, to the internal culture of the individual.

—John Stuart Mill, Autobiography

Hackers value cleverness, ingenuity, and wit. These attributes arise not only when joking among friends or when hackers give talks but also during the process of making technology and writing smart pieces of code. Take, for example, this short snippet of what many hackers would consider exceptionally clever code written in the computer language Perl:

#count the number of ...

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