We know that many of you are programmers, and so when we saw an article over at The Wall Street Journal suggesting that Men and Women code very differently from one another, we thought it might be an interesting topic to discuss.
The gist of the article is that women tend to write code that’s more helpful to people who want to tinker with it later on while men tend to write code to “show-off.” They say, “women are more touchy-feely and considerate of those who will use the code later. They’ll intersperse their code – those strings of instructions that results in nifty applications and programs – with helpful comments and directions, explaining why they wrote the liens the way they did and exactly how they did it.”
So then what do men do? They say, “men on the other hand, have no such pretense. Often they try to show how clever they are by writing very cryptic code. They try to obfuscate things in the code and don’t leave clear directions for people using it later.”
They also mentioned the fact that women programmers are a pretty rare thing which suggests that a majority of the code out there is “cryptic.” To all of you programmers out there, do you tend to comment and explain why you code the way you do or do you find yourself writing “cryptic code.”
As someone who’s never written an ounce of code, I can’t comment on this. However, Ryan codes pretty regularly and says this is a pretty bad stereotype of men. He said he tends to comment well, at least for his own sake, because when he goes back months from when he started a project and wants to change something, he wouldn’t be able to remember why he wrote something the way he did. Often times these days there are groups of people working on coding the same project, so documentation is 100% necessary, and required. Good coders tend to document properly.