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November 7, 2016

From: Interview by Dingyu Chen, Eton Magazine

What is it like programming and bringing a concept to life? Do you find it challenging and strenuous, or do you feel like you have the freedom to manage your own work?

I’ve spent about 40 years trying to make programming as automated as possible—so we humans basically get to tell computers what we want to achieve, then the computers figure out the grungy details of how to do it. The result is that for me programming is about turning ideas into reality as directly as possible. It’s a great experience. (Knowledge-based programming in the Wolfram Language is a very different experience from doing low-level coding in older languages; the latter is much, much more grind than fulfillment.)

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