Futurama Star Billy West Answers Slashdot Questions
Then you know nothing about real programming. Seeing to the heart of a problem and figuring out the twist that solves it is one of the most creative things there is. It is crafting not static works, like books, but dynamic, responsive, living words -- programming is to writing what composing is to playing music. Each layer of abstraction requires less technique and rote and more creativity, and programming is one of the most abstract media that people have ever worked in.
If you program by brute force or mathematical proofs and use no creativity, then you are no more a programmer than someone transcribing data is an author.