Self Wright

Tag: simplicity

The C-only train has left the station. Few departments teach surveys of programming languages anymore, and I don’t know of any department that teaches a required course in history of computing. I worry about what this means for our discipline.

Are we really going to tell students that the peak of human expressibility for computation was in 1973? That all programming language research from here on out is wasted energy? That simplicity is all that we can ever hope for, and correctness and consistency just aren’t worth working on?

Are we forever stuck with 30+ year old ideas and don’t even teach that anything else is possible?

I conclude that there are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies.

The first method is far more difficult.

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