“Nothing happened … but everything’s different …”

In the transformations from one metaphysical period, or epoch, to another, precisely the inverse of the above statement occurred.  Everything changed, yet nothing was really different.  In keeping with metaphysics, the changes were mathematical, topological. How does it stand with the twisting out of metaphysics?  How could that change be itself seen? “Metamorphosis is a realized metaphor,… Continue reading “Nothing happened … but everything’s different …”

“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

What Maven Should Have Been, but Probably Couldn’t Be

I’m not a fan of Maven, more precisely, I’m not a fan of using it as a developer tool.  As a build engineering tool, it’s fine; that’s for build engineers though, not developers. Maven is a package management system, largely for Java though I’ve seen it used for other languages.  Essentially it allows you to… Continue reading What Maven Should Have Been, but Probably Couldn’t Be

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