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Meet the Poets // Karolis Balčiūnas

- Karolis, describe yourself as a person.


This year I will become a second year CS student in Kaunas University of Technology. In general I am a self-taught programmer who just likes to challenge himself and discover new thins in order to self-improve. As I mentioned, currently I am trying out game development and might work on a small project throughout the year.


- Why did you participate in Source Code Poetry?

Back in 2018 I decided to participate in Source Code Poetry as I wanted to try out something new. The idea seemed bizarre to me and I wanted to challenge myself as that it is what I usually do.


- How and when did you decide you want to start coding?


I decided to start coding back in the sixth grade when our IT teacher offered us to program as an after-school activity. Let me tell you, I was absolutely terrible at first. Didn't even understand how a "for loop" worked. But throughout time I've become what I am today.


- What programming language do you like most?


My favorite programming language would probably be C++. Most people mock it for it's syntax and lack of garbage collection but as Bjarne Stroustrup, the creator of C++, wrote in his books - a lot of that can be avoided by using the built-in STL and RAII.


- What would you like to learn in the future?


In the future I'd like to learn more about AI and game engines as I have been working with Unreal Engine 4 over the past few months.


- Would you consider code poetry a form of art? Why?


I do consider code poetry a form of art. Art can take any shape or form wherever and whenever it desires. Poetry in general has different "types". Consider the "found" type. It is composed from already existing text. Programming languages have many different keywords (and other constructs, depending on what language you write in) that we use to write code poetry. So code poetry could be considered a type of found poetry.


Poem by Karolis Balčiūnas