December 19th, 2007

ease the downward spiral

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For all you programmer-y types: Steve Yegge wrote a lovely article about duplication and code size, and the Java (and C++, and C#, and C, and...) culture around it. It's very well explained, and it's explained with reference to the technical parts, but it's mostly about the culture.

I'm sure as programmers you're all already familiar with the weird little question, "so if software evolves so fast, why does it take 10-15 years for a computer language to catch on?" The answer, of course, being, "computer languages only look like software, they're actually human culture that happens to have supporting software." This is an examination of one of those pieces of slow-changing culture.