Programming is like Ice Sculpting. For me programming is an art form. At its best it is driven by muse, involves a technical achievement, and is a form of expression. But as an art form programming is like Ice sculpting. It lasts for 5 to 10 years and then returns to the mind of its creator as sweet memory, nothing more.
When I was 16 I wrote with a friend an arcade game for the Commodore 64. It was a beautiful piece of software written in Assembler with heart breaking graphics. I dare to say it was one of the most technically advanced games ever developed for the Commodore but although we negotiated with several game publishers it was never released.
This game is now the software equivalent of Schrödinger’s cat experiment. It exists on a 20 years old 5.25 Inch floppy disk inside a plastic box at my parent’s house. There is a probability that it is still intact, but touch that diskette and it is gone forever.
Such is the fate of all software.