I’m not sure I understand Brent Simmons’ problem, here. If you need the same code running on two or three small specialized web-servers, just write it once in a library and include it in each of them. The repetition of running instances isn’t worth worrying about. I’m wondering if his problem is really a lack […]
Good overview by Damien Katz.
Mark Bernstein : It’s easy to add generality to a spec. It makes you look really smart, especially when someone else is going to do the coding. But too much generality too soon makes the code age prematurely; you can get old, brittle, confusing code that looks like it’s yellowed with age, even though it’s […]
Richard Gabriel is thinking and speaking about Ultra-large Scale, Resilient, Systems. Essential reading.
My post yesterday on Composing, about Geeks, Suits and Abstraction is relevant to SDI philosophy too. Executive Summary : Geeks, by definition, have to be good at shifting their thinking between different levels of abstraction; Suits, by temperament, believe in the rigid separation of levels into the corporate hierarchy and would love for technology to […]
Listen everyone, I gotta come out to you all … I am now officially an outliner. For a long time I thought that outlines, like all hierarchical documents, were limited and inferior to graph-shaped wikis. Now I get it. The point of the outliner is not the hierarachical structure as a navigation aid – free-form […]