Sunday, August 25, 2013

Developer Freedom is a Blank Text Editor

"Though age from folly could not give me freedom,
It does from childishness.
-- Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra
Act I Scene III Lines 57-58

"Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free."
-- John 8:32

"Freedom! Horrible, horrible freedom!"
-- Simpsons 3F31

For a software developer there is nothing as freeing or as scary as a blank text editor.  Just looking at it is both liberating and intimidating at the same time.

(or to not start any wars)

With a blank text editor you can create anything and everything.  This is how Google and Facebook got their start.  The software used on the Space Shuttle, Unix, and even the Internet itself all got their starts from a blank text editor.  Think about this next time someone tries to sell you a tool to limit your freedom.