Can a low-level programmer learn OOP?

Neil Cerutti horpner at
Sat Jul 14 02:33:39 CEST 2007

On 2007-07-13, Wayne Brehaut <wbrehaut at> wrote:
> So Kay actually invented NONE of the concepts that make a PL an
> OOPL. He only stated the concepts concisely and named the
> result OOP,

Naming and categorizing something shouldn't be underestimated as
an accomplishment, though. The exercise can have profound
results.  For example, consider "marriage." ;)

> Under a claim of Academic Impunity (or was that "Immunity"),
> here's another historical tid-bit.  In a previous empolyment we
> once had a faculty applicant from CalTech who knew we were
> using Simula as our introductory and core language in our CS
> program, so he visited Xerox PARC before coming for his
> inteview.  His estimate of Alan Kay and Smalltalk at that time
> (early 80s) was that "They wanted to implement Simula but
> didn't understand it--so they invented Smalltalk and now don't
> understand _it_!"

Heh, heh. Thanks for the intersting info.

Neil Cerutti

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