I found Richard P. Gabriel whilst researching the concept of "habitable code", which seems to fit my intuition about what makes for good code.
A codebase should be views as Living Structure not as a exercise in High Modernism.
This line from the intro in the book struck me as the way I've seen people use the GoF book incorrectly:"..the ideas of A Pattern Language cannot
be applied mechanically. Instead, these ideas—patterns—are hardly more than
glimpses of a much deeper level of structure, and is ultimately within this deeper
level of structure, that the origin of life occurs"
Questions I had though:
She assumes that it is easy to tell what the "right" thing to do is. Personally I agree, I can intuit it in a kind of aesthetic way.
But what if your team mates don't agree or maybe its just your ego? Or their ego? How to avoid turning the discovery of good principles into cargo culting, religious wars or bike shedding?
@alec @scottwerner I love the mental model of it _but_ I reject the original premise that it's impossible to find a 10x improvement. The very creation of the frameworks that allow us to be "interior designers" _is_ the 10x improvement.
I don't think this underminds her arguments at all, just found it strange.
But as I understand her she argues that the real 10x lies in taking a broader perspective and thinking about the people and the "aliveness" of the code in an Alexander way.
Which then leads to a 10x not in the time to market but in some other metric, maybe 10x less entropy, or big hary messes in the long run.
Some examples are the functional map/reduce/filter/etc patterns. Turned 10+ lines of boilerplate code into one line.
Or look at how the patterns that Sinatra introduced about building web frameworks spread incredibly quickly to almost every other language.
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