Sunday, June 22, 2014

Attack of the Monadic Morons

[Deleted. To be replaced with a proper rant at another time.]

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Obsession with mathematics

To put it bluntly, the discipline of programming languages has yet to get over its childish passion for mathematics and for purely theoretical and often highly ideological speculation, at the expense of historical research and collaboration with the other social sciences. PL researchers are all too often preoccupied with petty mathematical problems of interest only to themselves. This obsession with mathematics is an easy way of acquiring the appearance of scientificity without having to answer the far more complex questions posed by the world we live in.
I've replaced "economics" with "programming languages" in this quote from Phil Greenspun's blog. Seems appropriate, no?