As always, Computational Culture serves as a transdisciplinary forum for the development of Software Studies—a field that is growing and transforming. In this issue, there is much evidence of this process, with diverse contributions from multiple locations, using varied conceptual tools, and interacting with a wide array of broader concerns and debates.
Thanks for the link! I read the SICP review. It was thought-provoking – I don’t think about SICP world much these days! – though I wish it went deeper. In particular, I’d like to see critique of the metalinguistic approach to computing education… For which learners is a metalinguistic focus actually useful?
Usually when mixing music I tend to focus on one element at a time. So if I was focused on bass I like to just see the bass eq, comp etc.. and then I usually sculpt the sound with eyes closed to allow more brain power to shift to the auditory system. That UI would drive me insane as every time I looked back I’d be lost. I also think it might affect the final product..
That there are irreducible complexities in coding, does not mean all of the complexities are irreducible, or that improvements outside them are not worthwhile. Personal computing took off because of the existence of spreadsheets, which were a better interface, language and syntax for getting computers to do math. The world is completely different after visicalc, even though it did nothing to simplify the thinking about how to model financial systems in software. Changing the language changes the human experience of approaching a new tool, which changes everything. People suffering from the curse of expertise saying "the hard part isn't the language" all need to concatenate with "for me, anymore" and then STFU.