The future of SM
hargettp at mindspring.com
Fri Jul 16 01:00:08 UTC 2004
Although I haven't posted on squeak-dev in a while, I do still follow
the threads when I can. Because of that, y'all probably won't
...I've watched Goran's contributions over the last several years,
especially as he brought SqueakMap forward and made it central to how
Squeak is evolving. I watched him--among other things--start the
November Revolution. In addition to creating a great piece of code
that helped push Squeak as a modern operating environment, Goran has
demonstrated himself as a leader. Being a good engineer sometimes
means more than writing good code: it means communicating the power of
that code, the possibilities of a vision, so that others may build upon
the foundation already laid. That kind of leverage--each line of good
code leading to more lines of good code--is what good engineering
organizations look for.
So, to anyone who wishes to criticize SqueakMap and / or Goran's
contributions, I say to you: bring it on. Feel free to contribute in
just the same fashion: that is, delivering good code, developing a
consensus around a vision, and coaching others how to move Squeak
forward in a coordinated fashion. If anyone can do nearly as nice a
job as Goran, great! Fantastic. We need more folks like him (and Avi,
and John Mc., etc.). Writing great code in corner without a consensus
(e.g., Squat) is not the way forward, although may turn out to be
wonderful R&D--and thus by itself a great contribution--for a future
version of Squeak.
My vote is with Squeak, not Squat. With Goran. And with SqueakMap.
The momentum is there with Squeak & SqueakMap, and momentum can be one
of the hardest things to build of all.
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