A Conversation with Alan Kay

Ho appena finito di leggere questa interessante "intervista" al papà di Smalltalk (ed altre cose). Molti passaggi interessanti ma su tutti mi hanno fatto riflettere molto questi due:

"[...] the success of commercial personal computing and operating systems has actually led to a considerable retrogression in many, many respects. [...] You could think of it as putting a low-pass filter on some of the good ideas from the ’60s and ’70s, as computing spread out much, much faster than educating unsophisticated people can happen. In the last 25 years or so, we actually got something like a pop culture, similar to what happened when television came on the scene and some of its inventors thought it would be a way of getting Shakespeare to the masses. But they forgot that you have to be more sophisticated and have more perspective to understand Shakespeare. What television was able to do was to capture people as they were."

" If you look at software today, through the lens of the history of engineering, it’s certainly engineering of a sort—but it’s the kind of engineering that people without the concept of the arch did. Most software today is very much like an Egyptian pyramid with millions of bricks piled on top of each other, with no structural integrity, but just done by brute force and thousands of slaves.".

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Print | posted @ mercoledì 9 febbraio 2005 20:17