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Software in Context with Zach Tellman

Adam talks to Author and Clojure advocate Zach Tellman about how great software is built.

“If we say something is over-engineered, what we mean is it’s too complex or it’s too robust or it handles a bunch of situations or scenarios that are not relevant to how we’re using it. It’s okay for us to create narrow things. It’s okay for us to create PowerShells instead of bash sort of environments because that narrowness gives us the ability to go and do things we might not otherwise be able to do.”

“Twitter is built on top of Ruby because that was a reasonable thing. And then it stopped being the reasonable thing. And again, you have this kind of, I dunno, I call it hacker news induction, which is like, well I built this thing and then I built this other thing, which is almost exactly the same thing. And it worked or it didn’t work. And therefore I think that this must generalize across all possible applications of this thing, right? So I tried to rails and it was great or it was awful and therefore it is great or awful, you know, in all situations. ”

Zach’s Personal Site

Elements Of Clojure Book

Zach’s Talk “On Abstraction”

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