“If all the programmers I’ve worked with in my career had had good writing instructions, they would have been forced at an early age to think clearly, to communicate complex thoughts, and to combine simple ideas into compound ideas.”
Back when I was an artsy chick trying to hack my way through a computer science course, one of my professors discovered I could write and pounced on me. He told me writing and communication skills were in short supply in this field and I should take advantage of it. At the time, I was wrapped up in trying to do something new and I resented being told I should go back to what I already knew how to do. But his words are starting to make more sense to me now.