The Silly World of Wizards: When Magic Meets Software Development

Zoey Waverider

Updated Wednesday, March 27, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if wizards approached their craft with the same skepticism and frustration as software designers? Well, look no further than this entertaining image that imagines a world where wizards and sorcery are treated just like software development.

The image, which takes the form of an internet conversation thread on Tumblr, starts with the words "Free worldbuilding idea:" and quickly delves into the silly parallels between wizards and software designers. The first entry playfully compares wizards' reliance on magic to software designers' trust in software, hinting at the minimal level of trust wizards have in their own craft.

As the conversation unfolds, various users contribute their imaginative takes on the frustrations and complexities of magical practices. One user humorously depicts a scenario where wizards are stuck at a magical help desk, seeking assistance for their magical troubles. Another user shares their exasperation with a spell that refuses to work until a minor oversight is corrected, highlighting the fallibility and inconsistencies that wizards encounter, much like developers and programmers in the world of technology.

The conversation continues with another user expressing their frustration with playing wizards in games, as it mirrors their day job too closely. The overlap between the complexities of magic and programming becomes apparent, drawing laughter and nods of agreement from those who can relate.

The final contribution to the conversation brings the satire to another level by comparing magical familiars to the "Rubber Duck debugging method" used by programmers. Just as programmers explain their code to an inanimate rubber duck to solve problems, this user suggests that wizards explain their magical conundrums to their familiars for a similar debugging effect.

With a staggering "53,471 notes" on Tumblr, it's clear that this image has struck a chord with people who appreciate the witty and relatable fusion of magic and software development. Each text entry in the image is denoted by a different username, showcasing the collaborative and humorous nature of discussions on social media.

So, if you're in need of a good laugh and have a soft spot for both magic and software development, this image is guaranteed to brighten your day. Dive into the enchanting world where wizards grapple with the complexities of their craft, finding common ground with the trials and tribulations faced by software designers. It's a delightful reminder that even in the realm of magic, humor and relatability go hand in hand.

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The most powerful wizard in all the LAN


F***ing bookend runes… they don’t even use them in LavaScript, but here I am writing this spell in W++ like the f***ing joke that I am.


Does that mean a ton of wizards have thigh highs or a tail hidden under their robes?


The general idea isn't too far off from how magic is viewed by wizards (and witches) in DiscWorld, honestly.


Magic is supposed to be wonderful and awe inspiring - not tedious, obnoxious, and packed full of banal gotchas. When I imagine wizards and sorcery, I want mystique and power and an escape from the mundane - not flashbacks from my day job.


Yeah, when the Collegium decided to go for Agile Sorcery Development campus wide, I couldn't get out of there fast enough. You ever try self organizing a team where everybody has access to dried frog pills???


Many, many, many years ago I wrote(ish) a magic system for GURPS sort of similar to this idea. Not literally writing code, but players could put together spells by assembling various functions and modifiers to line up with the narrative effect the player was going for. The resulting functions and modifiers, and how they were assembled, would determine various mechanical stats including the mana cost. I think I still have that doc kicking around somewhere.


I mean...this is pretty much the magic system of Eragon.


"So how did you become a demon?" "Well, I was writing a summoning circle to summon the demon who does my taxes, and I accidentally wrote the inside parts on the ousdie of the circle, and the outside parts on the inside of it. I don't know how to reverse it, because I don't understand how it even worked, to begin with."


Never write your spells in cursive.

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