February 1st, 2009


Programming quotes.

I invented the term Object-Oriented, and I can tell you I did not have C++ in mind.
-Alan Kay

There are only two kinds of languages: the ones people complain about and the ones nobody uses.
-Bjarne Stroustrup

There are two ways of constructing a software design: One way is to make it so simple that there are obviously no deficiencies, and the other way is to make it so complicated that there are no obvious deficiencies. The first method is far more difficult
-C.A.R. Hoare.

The first 90% of the code accounts for the first 90% of the development time. The remaining 10% of the code accounts for the other 90% of the development time.
-Tom Cargill

Measuring programming progress by lines of code is like measuring aircraft building progress by weight.
-Bill Gates

If you want to set off and go develop some grand new thing, you don't need millions of dollars of capitalization. You need enough pizza and Diet Coke to stick in your refrigerator, a cheap PC to work on and the dedication to go through with it.
-John Carmack

Engineers are all basically high-functioning autistics who have no idea how normal people do stuff.
-Cory Doctorow


All I have to say to that last one is: there's a difference between "have no idea" and "think normal people are doin' it wrong".
Captain Obvious

Webcomics vs. print comics - it's a different business model, stupid!

If "the technology existed to prevent illegal copying and distributing on the web" we would be living IN MAGICAL FAIRY PONY FANTASY LAND. Maybe that's also where those BULLSHIT ARTISTIC CREDIBILITY DOLLARS are legal tender!

The short history of comics on the web has shown us that locking primary content (ie, comic archives) beyond a pay barrier just doesn't work as well as keeping it open and free. Bonus content like Achewood's AssetBar program may indeed be a viable income stream, but that's not what he's talking about here. He's talking about some no-doubt lovely fantasy where everything is locked behind a barrier and for some reason people are willing to pay for it. Ain't. Gonna. Happen.


Full disclosure: Jeph Jacques is the author and artist of http://www.questionablecontent.net

The whole mess with print comics crashing and burning right now reminds me of Hans Bjordal's rant about the comics industry "death spiral". I think he wrote that all the way back in the late 90's.