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medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.

I would challenge this idea: Medicine, law, business, engineering; all of these can be their own form of art. There's poetry in law, beauty in engineering and love in business; they, just as programming, just happen to be in the unfortunate position of doing something "useful".

To the artist, this usefulness is little more than a side effect of a misunderstood art, and I find it sad how we have been convinced that our art is cold, rational and calculating, only a means to an end with no intrinsic value of its own.

I envy the painter, who's painting cannot cut trees nor process their wood; the poet, who's poems can't reap wheat nor bake bread. They are no more artists than we are, only that their art is freer than ours.

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Vince Abuyuan

I agree! Like the others, programming is an art form that can bring beauty in peoples lives.
In fact, some have taken it literal and use programming with the intention of being art! At algoraves for example, the musician codes live in order to produce visuals+music for people to dance to:

Here’s an algorave performance in Tokyo