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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Rubbies and sores

I imagine many of you are familiar with the difference between Ruby (a beautiful language representing the best pragmatic balance between Smalltalk’s elegance and C’s ubiquity) and Rubby (a horrendous mishmash of abominations in the style of all scripting languages, glommed together by finding nearly-compatible corner cases).

I also make the same distinction between Open Source (an attempt to get the same exploitation of labour as Free Software but without the principles) and Open Sores (the disturbingly wobbly house of cards that arises when collections of developers, none of whom feels empowered to make big changes, individually attach small pieces of mud to the collectively-constructed big ball).

Neither is fair, but both are useful shorthands.

posted by Graham at 10:05  

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