Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Half-Life On Software

Basically, a lot of the problems that computing has had in the last 25 years comes from systems where the designers were trying to fix some short-term thing and didn't think about whether the idea would scale if it were adopted.  There should be a half-life on software so old software just melts away over 10 or 15 years.

-- Alan Curtis Kay (17 May 1940 -), American computer scientist best known for his pioneering work on object-oriented programming and windowing graphical user interface design, ACM Queue - A Conversation with Alan Kay, Vol. 2, No. 9 - Dec/Jan 2004-2005

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