|Essay 47||Code Is the Ultimate Junior Developer|
With the advantages we’re afforded in our medium, it’s quick to forget how remarkable code is.
For the time being, forget about the latest jQuery plug-in or Rails patch. Instead, imagine if the great mathematician, Carl Frederick Gauss, had the benefit of a programming language at his disposal back in the 18th century.
As a famous story goes, one day in grade school, Gauss’s notoriously lazy teacher had the entire class sum all the integers from 1 to 100 in hopes of keeping the class occupied for a long while. Much to the teacher’s chagrin, the young Gauss came back to his teacher after only a few moments with the right answer: 5,050.
How did he come up with ...