Well, not really. My grandfather used to use emoticons in physical hand written mail to me when I was a child in the '60's.
The programmer, like the poet, works only slightly removed from pure thought-stuff. He builds his castles in the air, from air, creating by exertion of the imagination...Yet the program construct, unlike the poet's words, is real in the sense that it moves and works, producing visible outputs separately from the construct itself... The magic of myth and legend has come true in our time.
The Mythical Man-Month
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