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  • It's the same thing I ran into in linguistics: no-one wants to have a theory. Those are mundane and dull and too contintent on stupid stuff like facts (like whether [s] actually last a few milliseconds longer in words where it's a plural marker, or yawners like that). Instead, everyone wants to have a METAtheory, with a SPECIAL NEW NOTATION which is ostentatious and trendy, altho no-one will admit it. And if you don't have

    So it is with programming. No-one wants anything as mundane as a list, or a string

    • Dang, that post of mine got partly munged when I pasted it in and posted it. Ahwell, just pretend it's coherent and perfectly spelled and grammatical.
    • They want a plastic fantastic wonderland of classes, and metaclasses, and factory factory factories, and UML, and class hierarchies CRAP.

      Heh. The UML reference reminds me of a funny incident that perfectly illustrates it. I was in a meeting with the "syntactic sugar" guy and our boss drew out a rough network diagram showing the various parts of of a system we were building. The boss making the drawing asked "did you get all of that?" and SyntacticSugarGuy replied "yes, but I drew it in UML."

      On the

  • I think this falls in the category of 'there are no silver bullets', not even OO.
  • I'm really glad I'm seeing comments like yours.

    For years people glommed on to OO as the sure cure, the fix for all your programming woes. The same thing has happened repeatedly, starting at least in the '70s with "structured programming". You still hear "goto should be banned" repeated without thought.

    In every case, the net effect of the introduction of the technology has been positive, but only after people have settled down some and realized there's no magic in it. But in the beginning the buzz has a