presenting the fundamental abstractions
aaron.bentley at utoronto.ca
Wed Sep 5 20:40:44 BST 2007
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John Yates wrote:
> On Monday 2007-09-03 Martin Pool wrote:
> My style of learning a complex system is reduction and synthesis. I need
> to identify fundamental components, the effects of primitive operations on
> those components, and rules for structural and/or functional composition.
> I doubt that I am unique in needing to master systems in this manner.
It's probably a cultural thing. Many of us spent a lot of time on Gnu
Arch, which I now term a "vcs construction kit". All the gears were
exposed, and it was easy to hurt yourself if you didn't understand every
aspect of the design. To me, such documentation indicates that the VCS
is a UI failure.
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