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April 24, 2004

Growing a Language

My friend nix sent me a link to Growing a Language, an old paper by Guy Steele. The paper has a very clever self-referential construction, and make some deep points about language design and programming to boot. It also touches on why open source works, Christopher Alexander, and writing prose in general. It does however make an unfortunate and unexplained assertion that for Java, a "mall" model of development is preferred over a "bazaar" (as used by ESR in his famous essay The Cathedral and the Bazaar). The paper has a slow start. The first time I started reading it I gave up after the first couple of paragraphs. It gets going on page 4, but you can't just skip to it. There's a method to the madness. Posted by spot at April 24, 2004 02:58 PM
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