Yesterday I noticed that I was in an exceptionally good mood for no especially obvious reason, such as winning the lottery. Thinking about it, I concluded that I was happy because I was finally able to refactor the code I was working on after several weeks of implementing new features. It got to the point where working on it in its disorganized state gave me the exact same feeling as touching a slimy rock – ew ew ew!
Interesting – we say “clean code” and “dirty hack,” but I think that we really do co-opt the “ew, dirt, contamination” module of our brains to work with code. Weird, huh? I’m going to pay attention for other interesting recruitment examples.