How to code like a girl prompted this post.
My (male) friend’s piano teacher told him:
“If your hands do not look beautiful, your music cannot sound beautiful.”
Do aesthetics play a big part in programming? Absolutely.Clearly the importance of aesthetics has not triggered a rush of women into the profession of programming.
Perhaps – as in mathematics -- it is something to do with the abstract nature of the beauty involved?
I know that my partner -- whose hobby is making patchwork quilts (geometry) and whose addiction is doing Sudoku and Kakuro (NP-complete puzzles) -- is not interested in making the abstraction leap into hobby-programming in Prolog or Scheme. I, on the other hand, have made one quilt, solved one Sudoku and one Kakuro, and that was enough.
I did have some success getting my then seven-year-old niece interested in Logo Turtle programming, but this was compromised by her being "taught" computers at school. Maybe my daughter (aged 16 months) will be a better bet in a few years time?