I'e had a copy of Strunk and White on my, physical, desktop for years. To some degree it's why I'm employed. And I'm 60+.
The comments are interesting. I think that about 20 - 30 % get it. For example
I was a lawyer before becoming a coder. Strunk and White always holds pride-of-place next to the Constitution on my bookshelf. But, I hadn't thought about how writing may have informed my coding until this article. Definitely food for thought.
By the way, many people don't seem to realize that E.B. White is the same E.B. White who wrote Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little. Read Charlotte's Web (to a child if you're too embarrassed)if you want to see Strunk and White brought to life.
Eo Raptor on November 10, 2008 10:11 AM
I got an A in my Fortran 4 class. I wrote brute force programs, but as my instructor told me, yea you got it right and it worked, but it wasn't elegant.
Strunk and Write, a 40 -50 pqge tiny book will teach you elegance.