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A Discussion with Alan Kay

O'Reilly Network: Daddy, Are We There Yet? A Discussion with Alan Kay


On Lisp

The greatest single programming language ever designed.

[update, sunday: I was wondering when Ted would blog this ; ) ]

On Java:

Java has a difficult time of adding to itself.

On polymorphism:

There is an interface algebra that today might be called polymorphism

On progress:

I thought we would be way beyond where we are now. I was dissatisfied with what we did there. The irony is that today it looks pretty good. The result of our work is techniques for doing software in an interesting and more powerful way. That was back in the seventies. People today aren't doing a lot of work to move programming to its next phase.

On computer literacy:

There just aren't any twentieth and twenty-first century toys to play with. Seymore Pappert's LOGO pioneered this and lead kids to real mathematical learning.

On our priorities:

Simplicity and beauty aren't high on people's requirement lists.

["Daddy, Are We There Yet?" The Computer Revolution Hasn't Happened Yet]

April 5, 2003 11:45 AM


Ted Leung
(April 6, 2003 07:27 PM #)

It just had to be said....

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