Literature of programs

I wonder what programming will be like in a couple thousand years, when, presumably, programming languages and the systems built up from them will have attained a richly layered history of idioms, allusions, allegories, metaphors, genres, fads and past fads… I suppose it won’t take thousands of years, necessarily, since programming languages inherit a lot from human languages, and because software is mixed up in everything humans do and absorbs some of those flavors. But I also don’t think there’s really a literature of programs right now; at least, I haven’t been introduced to it yet, and I’d think I would have been. I’d love to have someone prove me wrong, though.

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