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Out of the Tar Pit

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  54 ratings  ·  6 reviews
Whitepaper, 66 pages
Published February 6th 2006
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Anil Wadghule
May 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Agree it's essential reading for any serious software developer. It pretty much sums up the way I used to think about using multiple programming languages and using the right tool for right job. Neatly describes complexity and simplicity in Software. Lots of insights about FP vs. OOP.
Stephen Goss
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is my absolute favorite academic paper on software design.
Tae
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The first half is a Must Read for professional programmers IMHO. The second one is quite interesting but yet speculative.
Bill
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was ok
Exactly what I'd expect from academic computer science: a few interesting observations defining a problem followed by pages upon pages of a solution that has absolutely no applicability to the real world whatsoever. In this paper, I found the beginning compelling where it strictly defines accidental complexity of a system in contrast to its essential complexity. However, the authors end with an abstract infrastructure that they claim only takes 1500 lines of Scheme to implement (!!) and is compl ...more
Jan Van Ryswyck
A must read for any serious software developer.
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are we there yet?
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