By Travis Henry for Hack Reactor
Plenty of publications have posted blogs and essays explaining why musicians make better software engineers.
Even Hack Reactor recently declared “mastering a musical instrument develops many of the same skills needed for a successful technology career.”
We dove in to find the answers and the results were, well, rather mixed.
Many of the entries we stumbled upon in our search harken back to the Gen X version of software engineers who were stuck in cubicles all day. It’s nice to see we have progressed a bit since then.
We acknowledge we’ve probably missed a lot (here’s one) and are eager to hear from you what other songs should have been on these playlists. Saying that, away we go!
Songs about coding playlist
This is an oldie, but a goodie. In this video that looks like it was shot in a dorm room, a young coding enthusiast puts music to lyrics written by Syndey-based web developer Dmitry Baranovskiy as part of a Twitter challenge issued by Pamela Fox. While probably the least produced on this list, we love Fawcett’s enthusiasm and musicality.
4. Coder Girl, Dale Chase
Unfortunately, we failed to find any decent songs about coding made solely by women (although Pamela Fox is mainly responsible for our number one song on this list.) We found great videos chronicling the lives of women software engineers, but no songs. We would love to think we are wrong, so let us know in the comments what we missed. In the meantime, here’s an “ode to female programmers” by coder/rapper Dale Chase.
3. Code Anthem, Nirajan Timalsina
Nirajan Timalsina is a senior software engineer and aspiring rapper from Nepal. While he is proficient in Java, C, C++, Python, UNIX and React.js, he’s also pretty handy with the mic.