Constraints and Software Development

by chromatic

In comments on Sci Foo 2007, Tim O'Reilly wondered if giving Larry Wall a research job may have reduced his immediate practical concerns influencing the development of Perl 6.

I interpret the line of thought as "To what degree does the lack of a single well-defined problem to solve influence the concreteness or the abstractness of the solution and its delivery date?" (I won't claim that that's Tim's line of thought, but it's the question I've pondered this past week.)


4 Comments

Robert
2007-08-17 05:34:58
Sestina: A complicated verse structure of six 6-line stanzas all which share the same three pairs of rhyme-words appearing in a different order in each stanza.


To educate your readers... : )

drago
2007-08-17 10:12:11
I tend to receive my best ideas in dreams. Anyone else out there dreaming in code?
Leon Timmermans
2007-08-18 12:31:44
Most of my best ideas seem to come up when I'm learning for exams (which have nothing to do with programming). I don't really know why, guess I'm in some fruitful mental mode.
Sean M. Burke
2007-08-19 03:58:48
"And when he woke up, the dinosaur was still there."