Engineers from Apple and Google are loving this viral Twitter challenge about describing their job in 5 words

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There’s nothing a programmer likes more than a problem to solve.

Perhaps that’s why when Abstractions, a Pittsburgh-based conference about software development, issued a challenge on Twitter to find the best solution to a simple problem, it went viral.

The challenge: Describe programming in five words.

Programmers couldn’t help themselves. They had to take a crack.

It’s a challenge because programming is a craft that people spend their entire lives honing. But summarizing it in only a few words is exactly the kind of problem that engineers love to tackle.

The answers were wide-ranging, hilarious, and revealing – and even engineers from Apple, Google and other big tech companies shared them and tried to write their own.

Check out some of the best below:


Many of the best responses addressed the inherent absurdity of computers:




This is a reference to the classic first program a coder writes in a new language, “Hello World.”


And this refers to FizzBuzz, a pseudo-code exercise that Google and other top tech firms used to ask applicants to tackle:


Listen to this or you’re gonna be off by one:


Some programmers responded in commands:


Or error messages:


But others just cursed.



Or howled at the abyss:


Here’s a comment:



Many of the responses were about everyday problems that programmers face:







Every programmer ends up writing bugs and receiving error messages.




Ironic.


Some of the best responses were about long-running programmer turf wars:


There’s always delays on a big project:


A lot of people commented on the absurdity of the development process:

https://twitter.com/haruki_zaemon/status/988702500059398144?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw





And some responses were just absurd.


Hey! This is actual advice!


Here’s a serious, solid answer!


You can check out more responses at the link below:

The next Abstraction conference takes place in August 2019.

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