[codecraft] Weekend Reading: Can Programming Be Liberated, Period

Philip Durbin philipdurbin at gmail.com
Sun Jul 26 17:13:03 EDT 2015

"Whenever we feel as if we have given the system enough instructions and
guidelines, we set it free to start behaving."

Just don't give it enormous guns when you're doing a demo like in Robocop.
On Jul 16, 2015 6:17 PM, "Philip Durbin" <philipdurbin at gmail.com> wrote:

> Cool, I'll try to check it out. I also found a PDF version that doesn't
> require signup to download at
> http://www.wisdom.weizmann.ac.il/~dharel/papers/LiberatingProgramming.pdf
> via http://www.wisdom.weizmann.ac.il/~dharel/papers.html
> On Thu, Jul 16, 2015 at 5:11 PM, Michael Bar-Sinai <
> mich.barsinai at icloud.com> wrote:
>> Hello all,
>> Here's a 2008 classic about programming in general. There were a few "Can
>> Programming be Liberated from XXX" papers, really asking what are the
>> things the bind programming so much that we don't even notice them. David
>> Harel (proper disclosure: he's on my PhD committee) looks into what it
>> would take to librate programming not just from various XXXs, but
>> completely, and defines the "three straitjackets of programming".
>> Plus, in today's world of over-opinionated flamewar hyperboles, you've
>> got to like a paper stating that "the message here is deintely “maybe we
>> should be thinking about thhs some more,” not “if you just do it my way
>> you’ll be fine."
>> http://www.academia.edu/2839009/Can_Programming_Be_Liberated_Period
>> -- Michael
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