Friday, December 15, 2006

Reality Check

Most of the time I don't give much credence to the talking heads in fields like technology. Basically to be competent in this field requires a commitment to be doing that fundamentally restrictions your ability to be talking. So it is generally okay to assume that if you are primarily a talker, you are not really a doer and everything you say needs careful scrutiny. On the other hand, there are those who don't particularly talk a lot and you know it is because they are getting stuff done. When they do open the kimono, it is best to pay attention. Especially when their views align with my own. ;-)
I don't see aspect-oriented programming escaping the "academic ghetto" any day soon, and if it does, it will be less pervasive than OO. When it works, aspect-oriented programming is elegant, but it's not clear how many applications significantly benefit from its use. Also, with AO, it appears difficult to integrate the necessary tools into an industrial-scale programming environment.
--Bjarne Stroustrup
A great example quote, from a Technology Review article, of someone bringing some practical reality to the world of technobabble. Personally, his use of "academic ghetto" about made me fall out of my chair I was laughing so hard. Truth is so much better than fiction.

Thoughts?

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