TITLE: Shape, or Be Shaped AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: November 13, 2010 9:28 AM DESC: ----- BODY: Playwright Arthur Miller is often quoted as saying:
Man must shape his tools lest they shape him.
I read this again yesterday, in the online book Focus, while listening to faculty at a highly-ranked local school talk about the value of a liberal arts education. The quote reminds me about one of the reasons I so like being a computer scientist. I can shape my tools. If I need a new tool, or even a new kind of tool, I can make it. Our languages are tools, too. We can shape them, grow them, change them. We can create new ones. (Thanks, Matz.) Via the power of the Internet I am continuously surrounded by colleagues smarter and more motivated than I doing the same. I've been enjoying watching Brian Marick tweet about his thoughts and decision making as he implements Midje in Clojure. His ongoing dialog reminds me that I do not have to settle. -----