[Baypiggies] Jim and Alex

Brent Tubbs brent.tubbs at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 08:13:22 CEST 2009

Not to speak for Alex, but Glen's question led to me Google "Spolsky's
Law", which led me to
http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/LeakyAbstractions.html, an
article by Joel Spolsky of the blog "Joel on Software".  The article
makes me look forward to the talk even more.


On Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 6:36 PM, Glen Jarvis<glen at glenjarvis.com> wrote:
> many thanks, aahz. turns out just this time
> that Alex Martelli's talk on Abstraction will
> take the entire time (and possibly then some
> if there are searching questions).
> And, Thank *you* Jim for always being such a great organizer. (I'm sorry I
> hadn't gotten to your shell discussion yet, it's been a very busy month).
> Abstraction is a powerful servant, but a dangerous master. We code,
> design, think, debug ... on a tower of abstractions. Spolsky's Law
> tells us that "All abstractions leak". This talk explores why they
> leak, why that's often a problem, what to do about it; I also cover
> why sometimes abstractions SHOULD "leak", and how best to produce and
> consume abstraction layers.
> I am *very* interested in this talk. This will be very *very* interesting.
> Alex,
>     If you get a chance, can you either give us some slides to preview or
> send out a "preparation homework?"  I'd like to have all the background
> knowledge (e.g., what is Spolsky's Law) personally researched so I can get
> the *most* out of what you're going to talk about....
> Thank you everyone,
> Glen
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