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

A Quick Response to “Why Are We Not Boycotting Academia.edu? – symposium, Coventry University, 8th December 2015”

Why Are We Not Boycotting Academia.edu? I don’t personally find academia.edu’s basic business model to be as inherently “parasitic” as the main participants in the above forum.  Though I’m wary of the new proposition on academia.edu of peer reviewing for free, (although to have one’s work peer-reviewed is not free) I’m actually wary of the notion… Continue reading A Quick Response to “Why Are We Not Boycotting Academia.edu? – symposium, Coventry University, 8th December 2015”

A Beginners’ Guide to Installing and Configuring GLASS: Gemstone 64/S Smalltalk / Seaside / Application Server / Object Database Server Environment

After attempting to help a friend new to programming to install the free GLASS stack that gives you a superb app server, web app development environment and transparent object persistence, and seeing his frustration, I decided to boil down the steps, since although they’re not complicated, the various steps are not found together and trying… Continue reading A Beginners’ Guide to Installing and Configuring GLASS: Gemstone 64/S Smalltalk / Seaside / Application Server / Object Database Server Environment

Using Oracle Solaris on an Ultrasparc System as a Development or Test Server

If you’re like many developers you either work from home completely or work from home fairly regularly to avoid the interruptions and distractions of the office. One of the difficulties in doing so,, ven if you have a VPN that allows you to get to the dev and test servers at the office, and obviously… Continue reading Using Oracle Solaris on an Ultrasparc System as a Development or Test Server