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Re: A possible application of Xanalogical technology
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- Subject: Re: A possible application of Xanalogical technology
- From: "Don Dwiggins" <DonD@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 18:10:21 -0800
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- Thread-topic: Re: A possible application of Xanalogical technology
Jeff Rush writes:
> It may be difficult to get Nelson's ideas accepted by them as
> a) they probably already have their own ideas/approach
> b) Nelson's ideas are hard to grok, requiring a steep learning curve for
> which they may not have time
> If Nelson's ideas were clearly written up in a nice, hardback book they
> could distribute around their team, it might work, but alas, no such book
> exists. The ideas are in the C, Smalltalk and X languages, pieces of which
> aren't all found. Lots of digging... with some cool gems, but not everyone
> has the patience/detail-orientation to be an archaeologist.
Is "Literary Machines" that far out of date? I confess that my
understanding of Xanadu is pretty much based on that book (which is why I
dubbed myself a "perpetual dilettante"); I haven't done any archaelogy in
any of the code avatars.
Even if out of date, it might be good enough as a teaser. Also, I wouldn't
sell the Chandler folks short "sight unseen".
Don Dwiggins "Unless you fail at more than 10% of the things you try,
d.l.dwiggins@xxxxxxxxxxxx you aren't trying enough things."
-- Jack Cohen, coauthor of "The Collapse of Chaos"