What is Code?

Paul Ford, in a tome-of-a-post for Bloomberg/Business Week:

There are 11 million professional software developers on earth, according to the research firm IDC. (An additional 7 million are hobbyists.) That’s roughly the population of the greater Los Angeles metro area. Imagine all of L.A. programming. East Hollywood would be for Mac programmers, West L.A. for mobile, Beverly Hills for finance programmers, and all of Orange County for Windows.

You’ll need a beverage and a chunk of time but this is a must-read.

Paul Ford and Josh Tyrangiel, Business Week’s editor, were on Charlie Rose recently too.