A Discussion with Alan Kay
April 05, 2003 | co.mments
The greatest single programming language ever designed.
[update, sunday: I was wondering when Ted would blog this ; ) ]
Java has a difficult time of adding to itself.
There is an interface algebra that today might be called polymorphism
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.
April 5, 2003 11:45 AM
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