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Thursday, April 24, 2003

Abstraction, Interaction, Notation

Andy [Hertzfeld] says "the hard thing about being a programmer is keeping track of lots of abstract things." I disagree. The hard part of programming is creating static documents (whether tectual or graphical) that result in correct dynamic interactions. This static to dynamic barrier is something most people don't cross with ease.

I'm with Phil Windley on this. (The quote above is from his blog). We struggle to simplify dynamic interactions even conceptually. And we have not even begun to figure out truly useful notations.

Toss distance and asynchrony into the equation and we are still very much at a loss.

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