Communications Design Group

Huh?!? I actually had no idea. Following up that last Jonathan Edwards video I discovered that SAP are funding a PARC-style research lab run by Alan Kay (!!!!!), who has hired Vi Hart, Bret Victor and Edwards among others, to go and do their crazy software art, reinvention of programming stuff. More : SAP Looks […]

NoSQL and the Tar Pit

In a Quora answer I went back to a theme that I mentioned when discussing Bret Victor a few months ago. Here’s something that struck me yesterday when reading Out of the Tar Pit which is a very good essay that seems to signal the direction that many smart people think software development should be […]

Questions for 2014 : #3 Programming on Tablets

Third in a series (#1, #2) of questions occupying my mind at the beginning of 2014. Which may (or may not) inform what I’ll be working on. 3) How can we program on tablets? I’m now a tablet user. I became a tablet owner at the end of 2012. For six months I played around […]

The Future Of Programming

Bret Victor has another classic talk up : Bret Victor – The Future of Programming from Bret Victor on Vimeo. Watch it. The conceit is entertaining, from his clothes to the overheads. However, despite the brilliance of the presentation, I think he might be wrong. And the fact that it’s taken 40 years for these […]


Interesting this new surge of dynamic IDEs. First there was Brett Victor’s awesome demo. Now there’s LightTable (promoted on KickStarter, discussed on Quora) Sporadic thoughts. Is this implemented in the browser? (Bespin? CodeMirror)? Perhaps we’re seeing this explosion of innovation as IDE authors move to the cloud. A Kickstarter project? That’s cool. But motivated by […]