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My mother language is German and I am working as IT professional.

I am about to write a small manifesto on some professional values for a group of people. Since writing source code is more or less the main activity of a programmer does it make sense to use “We came to code – and to build something valuable” as the title of the manifesto?

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I see no problem with "We Came to Code" – so long as you don't mind evoking an image of grim-faced, talented, purpose-driven programmers (pocket protectors not included). –  J.R. Nov 23 '13 at 10:47
    
me.takeOffence(true); me.slap(jr); –  James Webster Nov 23 '13 at 10:58
    
Perhaps you want to write a manifesto, not a manifest? –  GEdgar Nov 23 '13 at 12:42
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... unless you are writing a Ladungsverzeichnis eines Schiffes, of course. –  RegDwigнt Nov 23 '13 at 13:03
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Since come isn't transitive, it can't take an object infinitive, so any infinitive following come is likely to be a Purpose infinitive. Test: substitute for the purpose of V-ing instead of to V. Does it mean the same thing? If so, it's a purpose infinitive. Same reason why stop smoking and stop to smoke don't mean the same thing; stop also can't take an object infinitive, so it hasta be a purpose infinitive. –  John Lawler Nov 23 '13 at 16:29

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The phrase "we came to code" is perfectly acceptable as a title. There are other examples of this scattered throughout literature and you can use virtually any variant:

  • We came to rock
  • We came to rule
  • We came to eat cake
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