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It’s slightly spooky when you’re discussing a topic and evidence for (or against) your position seems to spontaneously appear. The fashion for strong versus weak type systems seems to change on a cycle of about a decade. It might be turning again.
2^5 years ago this month, Byte magazine devoted an issue to the Forth language.
The layering of abstractions has served us well, but it’s now generating the sorts of complexity it was designed to solve. Time for a re-think?
Do we now have some post-modern programming languages?
The semantic web and open linked data open-up the vision of scientific data published in machine-readable form. But their adoption faces some challenges, many self-inflicted.
I’m jealous of my students in many ways, for the things they’ll get to build and experience. But they should be jealous of me, too.
Smalltalk’s influence has declined of late, at least in part because of the “all or nothing” architecture of the most influential distribution. We’ve got to the stage that we could change that.
Most programming languages have fixed definitions and hard boundaries. In thinking about building software for domains we don’t understand very well, a case can be made for a more relaxed, evolutionary approach to language design.
Over the past week I’ve been playing with some very small machines intended as sensor network nodes. Paradoxically this has involved deploying a ridiculous amount of computing power.