TITLE: Invention, One Level Down AUTHOR: Eugene Wallingford DATE: May 29, 2014 2:14 PM DESC: ----- BODY: Brent Simmons wrote a blog entry on his time at UserLand. After describing a few of the ideas that founder Dave Winer created and extending, such as RSS and blogging, Simmons said this about Winer:
The tech was his invention too: he built the thing he needed to be able to build other things.
This is among the highest praise one can bestow on an inventor. It's also one of the things I like about computer science. The hallmark of so many interesting advances in computing is the creation of a technology or language that makes the advance possible. Sometimes the enabling technology turns out to be pretty important in its own right. Sometimes, it's a game changer. But even when it is only a scaffold to something bigger, it needed to be created. -----