No spam in books

Ken Guest kwg at
Wed Sep 19 11:11:12 CEST 2001

Sounds like your describing a toolsmith....

>From Jargon File (4.2.3, 23 NOV 2000) : 

  toolsmith n.  The software equivalent of a tool-and-die
  specialist; one who specializes in making the tools with which other
  programmers create applications.  Many hackers consider this more
  fun than applications per se; to understand why, see uninteresting.
  Jon Bentley, in the "Bumper-Sticker Computer Science" chapter of his
  book "More Programming Pearls", quotes Dick Sites from DEC as saying
  "I'd rather write programs to write programs than write programs".

( is very handy!)

-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Ewing [mailto:greg at]
Sent: 19 September 2001 01:36
To: python-list at
Subject: Re: No spam in books

Me parece que Alex Martelli <aleax at> dijo:

> We're supposed to make it *LOOK* that way, yes, but, hey, deep
> down many of us aren't driven by *application needs* in tinkering
> with tools.

Very true. A friend of mine once remarked "Computer
scientists are people who spend all their time writing
programs to help them write other programs."

Greg Ewing, Computer Science Dept, University of Canterbury,	  
Christchurch, New Zealand
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