…so said Gerald Sussman, when a Lisper asked why MIT switched from Scheme to Python, and why SICP was replaced with a robotics class. (the full quote or paraphrasing is really brilliant and I think sums up a large part of the experience of my generation of programmers, and not just the ones who went to MIT).
That’s old news, and this post isn’t commenting on that. It’s just that this has been ringing truer and truer for me recently, as I struggle to get some useful work done using Android’s WebView. I think the struggle is paying off, since with the help of the source I’ve been able to cut to some truth in places.
I really don’t understand types well enough to whinge in this fashion, so I’ve begun some levelling up there. This thread on Hacker News gave me a lot to ponder. I hope TAPL has the answers.