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Buddha of the Binaries ~ Zen of Software Development

This is LESSON ONE in the zen of software development.

A student of the software sublime writes: "Oh Buddhist of the Binaries, what is The First Noble Truth of Coding Enlightenment?".

Well my little grasshopper, the first truth of digital life is that software is imperfect. This binary life becomes alive in the semi-conductor matrix and it includes bugs, imperfect logic of a higher plane, traps of infinite loops, an imperfect environment that sometimes includes the blue screen of death, and old age where digital instruction sets no longer run on the new microprocessors in the cloud.

This is an irrefutable fact that cannot be denied. It is realistic rather than pessimistic because pessimism is expecting things to be bad. lnstead, Binary Buddhism explains how imperfections can be avoided and how we can be truly happy in our craft of creating ones and zeros that run the world.

Remember my little grasshopper, there will come the day when the rest of the humans will become so dependent on the machines, and software that you write, that they will not be physically able to live without your arcane and esoteric knowledge. You are the engineers of enlightenment, the wizards of wonder, and masters of the matrix. Use the knowledge that you will gain wisely.

Practical Lesson for today: Read how a software bug almost bankrupted Knight Capital:

Next time: Lesson Two.

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