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Is it really “Complex”? Or did we just make it “Complicated”?

Check out this fantastic talk from the famous computer scientist Alan Kay that asks is modern software really complex, or just overly complicated?  The talk is dense and dives deeply into Kay’s thoughts around how large software projects (with hundreds of millions of lines of code) have been influenced too heavily by low level machine oriented details.  What takes hundreds of thousands of lines of C code can be accomplished in a few hundred lines of a more specialized language.  Fascinating talk that is well worth watching!

Is it really “Complex”? Or did we just make it “Complicated”?


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1 Comment

  1. One of the programming Koans:
    http://catb.org/esr/writings/unix-koans/ten-thousand.html

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