[FoRK] Re: Cunningham on API surface area and productivity

Contempt for Meatheads jbone at place.org
Fri May 21 12:45:08 PDT 2004

On May 21, 2004, at 2:01 PM, Contempt for Meatheads wrote:

> Noticed by Udell, on MSDN's Channel 9:  Ward Cunningham clips:
> 	http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0405/22606/Cunningham/Idea_for_Wiki.asx
> 	http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0405/22606/Cunningham/ 
> Teach_a_Kid_Ward.asx
> In the second clip, Ward's riffing on API "surface area" as a gating  
> factor in programmer productivity.  That's part of the puzzle, sure.   
> But the effect is combinatoric --- it's not just proportional to the  
> inverse of the surface area, but to the inverse of the surface area  
> squared.  IMHO, there's a nascent theory of program complexity and  
> orchestral / compositional complexity that when everyone finally groks  
> it (Hundredth Monkey, etc.) will fundamentally change the way we

write, even.



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