TITLE: On the Small Doses Pattern
AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford
DATE: April 24, 2008 6:56 AM
The Small Doses pattern I wrote up in my
was triggered almost exclusively by the story I heard
from Carl Page. The trigger lives on in the text that
runs from "Often times, the value of Small Doses..."
to the end, and in the paragraph beginning "There is value
in distributing...". The story was light and humorous,
just the sort of story that will stick with a person for
twenty or more years.
As I finally wrote the pattern, it grew. That happens
all the time when I write. It grew both in size and in
seriousness. At first I resisted getting too serious,
but increasingly I realized that the more serious kernel
of truth needed telling. So I gave it a shot.
The result of this change in tone and scope means that the
pattern you read is not yet ready for prime time. Rather
than wait until it was ready, though, I decided to let the
pattern be a self-illustration. I have put it out now, in
its rough form. It is rough both in completeness and in
quality. Perhaps my readers will help me improve. Perhaps
I will have time and inspiration soon to tackle the next
In my fantasies, I have time to write more patterns in
a Graduate Student pattern language (code name: Chrysalis),
even a complete language, and cross-reference it with
other pattern languages such as
Fantasies are what they are.