Moving at the Speed of Life

This weekend, I was reading an article called Decoding Disease. It was really astonishing to realize the amount of progress that has been made in such a short period of time. It’s amazing to read about the human genome, the total genetic information of a human being and our understanding of DNA “instruction manual” for humans. Using this “map” will allow scientists to understand the differences between a person who inherits a disease and one who does not.

It is not that much different from my understanding of the programming code that makes up a website. Code too, is an “instruction manual” that directs the site’s activities. It is an impressive and awe-inspiring, albeit confusing, cryptogram that only special minds can wrap their brains around. I am no more a programmer than a scientist, but I have enormous respect for these people. I imagine the intelligence just leaking out their ears sometimes.

For instance, last week, I had a problem with a web-page that I was adjusting. The problem persisted through my meager attempts at repair. It didn’t help that the problem lie hidden somewhere in about 400 lines of code. As I was wishing for Amy (our master programmer) to help, she magically appeared at the door, returning from lunch. And in a mere 20 seconds of looking at my page and the code, she produced the answer, and merrily continued on her way. A small feat in her mind, an huge one to mine. Amazing. The level of advanced programming that is evident in every aspect of the custom web design and flash animation and video production at DDA is superior in every way. So it seems that as fast as we are learning how to understand and improve the map of human biology, we are also learning and improving the map of code programming. Moving at the Speed of Life.