I’m on the road this week with my family, and posting will be light.
Thanks to everyone who weighed in on the Code Reads discussion of Guy Steele’s “Growing a Language.”
For the next Code Reads I’m going to continue down the slightly more literary path we trod with Steele and have a look at “Notes on Postmodern Programming,” a paper by James Noble and Robert Biddle from 2002. (The link provides further links to a PDF or Postscript version of the paper.)
It’s both more recent and considerably more offbeat than some of the other stuff we’ve read. I heard the authors present work at OOPSLA in 2004, and I think their in-person style of delivery — well-timed to a rich slide-set and loaded with carefully calibrated ironies — isn’t fully captured in plain text. Nonetheless, it’s a provocative read, and one that offers a good counterpoint to some of the discussions we’ve been having on the woes of the programming field.
I’m now trying to work on about a two-week schedule for these readings, so I plan to post on the “Postmodern” essay some time next week. Happy solstice!
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Interesting read. I’ve a lot on at the moment, so I’m still only on page 16. What I wonder is: what lesson shall we draw from it?