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Weaving together a few threads
Wednesday, December 1, 2004

I've been mulling on several threads for the last or two. No productive thoughts but lots of smoke. Just lately, I come across several links that show others are heading down similar paths. For what it's worth, here are some of them:

  • Oliver Steele compares and contrasts language mavens with tool/IDE mavens
  • Sergey Dmitriev ponders on Language Oriented Programming. A quick read of the first several pages makes me wonder if he's familiar with Lisp?!
  • Jon Udell wonders when we're going to start writing applications that pay attention to what we're doing

When I organize my e-mail or conduct research on the Web, I exhibit predictable patterns of behavior. We have long expected but rarely experienced personal productivity software that absorbs those patterns, automates repetitive chores, and can be taught to improve its performance

I'm glad people are starting to think about these issues. I believe that there is a big research vein to tap combining non-trivial Artificial Intelligence with programming IDEs. If we can make programmers more productive, then we can hope to have better tools for everyone.


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