May 04, 2007

Interview with Leslie Lamport


Mihai Budiu has an interesting interview with Leslie Lamport, the author of LaTeX among many other things.

I especially liked the part about his thoughts on how people think about and write software programs, using extreme programming, UML or other formal methodologies (I'm not too fond of either of these.)

The best of these methods trick you into thinking. They offer some incentive in the way of tools or screen-flash that sugar coats the bitter pill of having to think about what you’re doing. The worst give you a happy sense of accomplishment and leave you with no more understanding of what your program is supposed to do than you started with. The more a method depends on pictures, the more likely it is to fall in the latter class.

Posted by ovidiu at May 04, 2007 01:05 AM |
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