Thanks Doru for your inspiring words.
Recently I had a “coup de blues” because Pharo is completely absent from the StackOverflow
and Github scene. I feel it is like a researcher without a webpage. Without a webpage, he
does not exist.
But I have faith things will soon change...
Alexandre Bergel http://www.bergel.eu
On Jun 25, 2015, at 8:39 AM, Tudor Girba <tudor(a)tudorgirba.com>
I gave last week a talk at NDC Oslo on "Don't demo facts. Demo stories!".
While the talk is less technical, I did exemplified the message by demoing Spotter in
comparison with the search support from Eclipse.
There are several things I would like to emphasize.
I compared our solution with an "industry standard" one. We often think our
system as being niche and perhaps not mature enough. We need to change that perception
about our work. We build state of the art.
One thing that I did not mention explicitly in the talk is the size of the
implementation. The Spotter implementation is 3500 lines of code -- and that it is so
large because it currently comes with its own widgets. Furthermore, the extensions average
8 lines per custom processor (including the method header and the pragma). This is orders
of magnitude smaller than what is typically out there, and it is precisely the reason why
we can compete even if we are fewer.
But, to get out there and compete we have to set that high goal for ourselves. For
example, with GT we do not want to compete. We want to outcompete. So can you.
While details are important, high goals require us to get away from those details. Only
polishing details will tend to limit you to incremental improvements. We need to jump from
time to time. But, these jumps are hard. On the one hand, it is hard to find the right
jump and convince people to jump with you. On the other hand, they are hard to predict.
For example, Spotter would have not been predictable one year ago.
Yet, dry goals are not enough to keep us going. We need stories that make us dream. And
the beauty is that Pharo breaths such a story. We should not limit ourselves to that story
only. For example, with GT we want to reinvent the developer experience by making the
developer be able to mold visual tools to her context because that is the only effective
way to build sustainable systems. This little point of view will turn the IDE upside down,
and this is only possible in a system like Pharo.
Choose your high goal and tell its story through the system that you build. And remember
that Pharo already offers a beautiful story to start from.
"Every thing has its own flow"