How do I write my own Code

How Do I Write My Own Code?

We have now come to what I believe is the most important lecture of this course. Why? Because I am challenging you to not only write your own code, but to make a promise to yourself to live by it as well. As the saying goes, ““I can only show you the door. You have to walk through it.”” That’s what I’m asking you to do today——to begin walking the Jedi path you have chosen to follow.

Writing a code is not easy. It takes time. You have to carefully decide which aspects or ideals you want to emulate and which to pass over. Remember, your code is going to become a part of you——only include what you know you are able and willing to follow. Push yourself. Set goals. Don’t run from challenge. Most of all, don’t lose track of who you are as a Jedi.

Here are some suggestions to keep in mind while writing your code. According to Andrew Olson, “When writing a code of ethics, the code’s author must compose the code with a finely turned attention to balance. A good code is written with the awareness that the code will be used in a variety of different situation, and each situation will prompt those involved to refer to the code for specific guidance.” Think about the purpose of your new code. Is it to regulate your behavior or inspire your actions? Do you intend it to be a guide or a set of personal requirements? Remember, this is your code; tailor it to meet your own needs and values.

6 Steps to Writing Your Code:

Write a brief statement (about a paragraph long) about your own values. You may want to include concepts such as responsibility, truth, falsehood, temptation, manipulation, bias, and fairness.

Find similar statements in the codes we have covered thus far in class (including your own examples and those of other classmates).

Compare your statements with the codes and revise, clarifying terms and harmonizing content in keeping with your standards.

Re-evaluate each of your statements, circling key words and terms and listing them on a separate sheet.

Now condense each statement and keep or combine as many of those key terms as possible. Watch for different statements that say the same thing.

Assemble your code and revise the wording of each so that all statements are similar in length and read in a parallel form. This makes it easier for you to remember your code.

That’s it! Post your code in your room, a locker, anyplace you will see it to remind your self that it is there. And, of course, live by your words!