Links for 2007-08-02

  • Daily Lit – Get daily installments of public domain books delivered via email or RSS. I’ve started with Walden and should be done in 124 days… assuming I read these installments daily, of course.
  • The Manifesto of the Futurist Programmers – There’s nothing like a thousand words of propaganda to get your blood boiling over vague ideas and foggy platitudes (via CodingHorror).
  • Does Visual Studio Rot the Mind? – A great article from Charles Petzold on the ways that Visual Studio might hinder us as programmers. From a User Experience perspective, I think that the broader critique here is that systems which define our way of working instead of conforming to our way of working probably cost us more than we realize.
  • Ha Ha, you must be joking – This is what happens when governance isn’t seen as an enabler and a way to support a person’s natural action. Instead, this is governance from an “us vs. them” perspective.
  • A First look at IronRuby – Microsoft’s venture into Ruby looks pretty good so far, and the plan to move IronRuby into Rubyforge is worthy of applause. Tactically, I am still trying to wrap my head around this Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR) idea and it’s place on top of the .NET Common Language Runtime (CLR). Is it just a deferred compilation model? If so, is that really dynamic? Maybe I am missing the point, but I am having a hard time finding a good summary of the inner workings of the DLR. If anyone has anything, please send it my way.
  • All models are wrong, some models are useful – A true statement, and the extension of this maxim to include communities is correct as well. When we worry less about “correctness” of the community, its makeup and its work and more about gaining value by creating value, we succeed, I think.