What Is Code and Users vs. Programmers

Today I'd like to share two pieces that would be helpful for non-IT readers to understand some peculiarities of this business. First, a long article about contemporary software industry: What Is Code? (Yes, I've shared this previously on Facebook before, but this is definitely a worthwhile read.) Second, a note by Philip Guo concerning user culture versus programmer culture. Both of these resonated with me quite strongly.

For those who either went to graduate school or is contemplating this action, Philip Guo is the author of the awesome grad school memoir: The Ph.D. Grind. Though Philip studied computer science, this piece is the single best summary of what it takes to make it through grad school that I ever encountered.