The Doctrine of the Four Causes in ‘AI’ Development

in thinking through the relations between the four modes of aiton (cause, but from the perspective of the thing conceived as entelechia, a self-contained unity), telos is both initial bounds and goal, as such it is requirements and their fulfillment, in this it’s intimately related to eidos, which as the outward aspects are the bounds… Continue reading The Doctrine of the Four Causes in ‘AI’ Development

“Done done”

In some project I worked on in the past, I forget which now, we started distinguishing between whether a task was “done”, or “done done”.  It’s a useful distinction outside software development. Lately I’ve been feeling that I was done done as a software developer.  As people age, there’s a tendency to look back more… Continue reading “Done done”

Elegance in Programming

In the latest Pharo release (Pharo 5.0) there’s an optional library/plugin called StateSpec.  This is the author’s description: StateSpec is an object state specification framework. It describes particular object states by first class specifications. For example, there are SpecOfCollectionItem, SpecOfObjectClass and SpecOfObjectSuperclass. They can match and validate given objects. In case when an object doesn’t… Continue reading Elegance in Programming

Funny Thing About a Programming Language

I’ve never paid much attention to Python, it just looked like an attempt to combine LISP with Smalltalk, and didn’t succeed at being as good as either. Recently I’ve had to make some changes to code written in Python, mainly due to Cisco router API changes., and I found a funny thing about it. Not only… Continue reading Funny Thing About a Programming Language

An Irony in Software Language Design History

Eclipse builds everything in memory, and does so incrementally after the initial build.  It’s one of the reasons Maven CLI builds take so much longer. It’s what makes Eclipse at least potentially a live object environment, which allows you to test a change usually within seconds of making it.  It’s also what makes Eclipse a multi-gigabyte text editor/file browser,… Continue reading An Irony in Software Language Design History