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love.c by Crowbeak love.c by Crowbeak
Category: Literature. (I chose to submit it graphically to assist people without programming experience in reading it. I do have programming experience, and I still find the colors helpful.)

My Inspiration: Programming!

I once read an article (I believe it was in a gaming magazine) that said that the people who are out there programming video games would, in an era without computers, be doing art for a living -- music, theater, whatever. I wholeheartedly agree. I'd be trying to become an actor if not for the fact that I want to help bring video games out of the "Oh my God, you're turning our children into antisocial murderers!" spotlight to be placed beside film as a complex art form. It was such thoughts, combined with my Computer Graphics class homework, that made the idea pop into my head:

What if I wrote a love poem as if it were a program?

The form and point of the poem popped into my head immediately. The real challenge was in trying to make it like an actual program without making it illegible to people who had never looked at -- or even wanted to look at -- a block of code in their life. So it was that in the interest of general readability, I left out some elements necessary to make the program run properly or at all.

Helpful Information: Or what some of the code means!

The code is divided into four main blocks, with the poem itself starting at the yellow highlighted line.

The top three blocks of code are programmer-defined types.
Enum - [link]
Struct - [link]

Near the bottom of the fourth block, on line 80, is a for-loop.
For-Loop - [link]
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alessy Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
I really like this. I keep coming back to it every few months to re-read it. And now that I am engaged to a programmer I see it in a completely different light than when I saw this for the first time a few years ago. This is a real gem.
Crowbeak Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :D I'm glad people still find meaning in it. It's one of the few things I wrote during that time period that I still like.
fractalconfusion Featured By Owner May 23, 2009
Impressive piece of experimental writing. In general do you need to submit in graphical format to get the formatting correct? I've had problems getting poems where word arrangement matters to show properly here on DA....
Aramyth0 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
Not sure I could ever mix my writing with code. You've done it so that it's brilliant. Giving that much expression to a lifeless code.

Nice work.
3208 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008
you have the Mark Z Danielwski-gift^^
it's kinda scary in a exciting way :D
Just-miyu Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2006
very touching. Its funny how something characteristically emotionless like computer code could convey such a beautiful and realistic vision of a human relationship. Hats off you you :P
w00tw00t-BigBird Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2006
wow. ok ...

Though i HATE programming ... this is a freaking good idea
Ekeichi Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2006
Wow.... Awesome! :+fav:
Megilindir Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2006
man, I just stumbled upon this after relaxing from my c++ class....wierd....definately creative, definately awesome. :clap:
Crowbeak Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2006  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you. :D I wish it was compilable, though.
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