Both Phil Haack and Jon Gruber linked to this post today.
And with good reason. Its exquisite, sublime (in the OED sense of the word not the IDE), faciniating and insightful in ways that only reading it will adequately communicate.Paul Ford’s Magnum Opus – What is Code?
It should be required reading for anyone involved in anything to do with Software.
PS – Took me 107 minutes (and two cups of tea) to read all 38000 words