Up till recently I'd had roughly the following plan: Use JS, the console and Canvas to build a "mark 0" retained-mode graphics system Use the graphics system to build stuff, e.g. the Id object model. But now I realise that I was mistaken on two counts. First, given what I'm aiming for in point #2, … Continue reading [Draft] Make use of what already exists!
I'm going to boldly attempt to order these by "urgency". It does take time out of your day to read and watch and absorb this stuff, so I am thinking along the lines of "If you look at just one thing, it would have to be ..." Two names appear a lot: Alan Kay, and Bret … Continue reading Indoctrination materia — ahem, reading list
The idea of composability, and perhaps separately "compositionality", is held in high regard by programming language people and systems analyst types. There are two related ideas here: You can build stuff out of other stuff. The whole can be decomposed into parts; multiple parts can be combined into something that is "like" the parts themselves, … Continue reading Composability and Compositionality
(I'm posting this because I wrote it. It's not finished by any means, and it doesn't logically flow in all areas.) I start from some environment (crudely put, the browser and its JS console) and I seek to create a new environment that is at least as good. The essential feature of this new environment … Continue reading (Draft) Working blind, naming things