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May 9, 2007

Alligator Eggs

Neat: It's lambda-calculus rendered understandable through colorful alligators.

It's the best thing since "To Dissect a Mockingbird."

It seems likely a kid could understand and enjoy playing with this system; I do wonder about the "color rule," though: I suspect young kids would find that tricky and not see the point—someone should do an experiment.

May 6, 2007

Time to market

The finance business is all about information handling; unlike most modern big businesses, they employ legions of developers to build applications in-house ... My messages: ... no matter how maniacally focused on performance you are, you can’t ignore the time-to-market advantages we’re seeing from modern Web frameworks; if my app gets to market before yours, it just might not end up mattering that yours runs faster on the same hardware.
—Tim Bray, ongoing