Use the source Luke!

Dan Kohn (
Thu, 24 Jul 1997 16:55:05 -0700

>Luke: "You used to program."
>Ben: "I was once a software engineer the same as your father."
>Luke: "My father wasn't a software engineer. He was a custodian at
> Lockheed-Martin."
>Ben: "That's what your Uncle told you. He didn't hold with your
> father's ideals. He thought he should go to work. Not gotten
> a degree."
>Luke: "I wish I had known him."
>Ben: "He was a cunning object-oriented analyst, and the best systems
> programmer in the galaxy. I understand you've become quite a
> good hacker yourself. And he was a good friend. For over ten
> years the systems programmers created user interfaces. Before
> the dark times. Before Microsoft."
>Luke: "How did my father die?"
>Ben: "A young systems programmer named Bill Gates, who was a student
> until his mommy kicked him out of her basement, founded Microsoft
> and helped destroy the intuitive user interface. He betrayed
> and murdered the Macintosh. Gates was seduced by the Dark Side
> of Money."
>Luke: "Money?"
>Ben: "Yes, Money is what gives a programmer his resources. It's an
> exchange system created by human beings. It surrounds us. Works
> for us. Binds the economy together. Which reminds me. Your
> father wanted you to have this when you were old enough, but your
> Uncle wouldn't allow it. He thought you'd follow old Obi-Wan on
> some damn idealistic crusade."
>Luke: "What is it?"
>Ben: "It's an object modeling tool. The weapon of a systems programmer.
> Not as random or clumsy as a lexical parser. An elegant compiler
> for a more civilized age."