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e is a software developer with a diverse background in a multitude of different environments. He has worked with the CDC/SAIC, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and now works for a Financial Services firm. You can find him freenode as blbrown and also visit botlist and botnode.com. Berlin can be found in Atlanta, Georgia. You can contact him at berlin dot brown at gmail dot com. Also see botnode.com and on twitter. Please copyright any work to me (Berlin Brown) but you are free to do anything you like with it. All text is placed under a Creative Commons license. All code is placed under a New BSD license (unless noted otherwise).

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comment What kind of software should we write? What technology should we deliver?
"No one can decide what is "more useful" for other people." I disagree. In certain fields, there is a determination by a body of qualified peers as to what is "useful" and what isn't. Software development doesn't have that same kind of rigor.
Jun
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comment What kind of software should we write? What technology should we deliver?
I would say that the modern computing is based on mathematical logic and theories of computation. Alan Turing came up with the concept of the stored program computer. That didn't necessarily rely on a particular implementation. It could have used simple electronics or integrated circuits or pen and paper. Why did Alan Turing and Alonzo Church come up with their theories on computation? At the time, there were major wars going on. Alan Turing was asked by the government to break encoded messages. He was asked to use his experience with computation to help in the war effort.
Jun
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comment What kind of software should we write? What technology should we deliver?
It is romantic now and in the past but imagine life if we only had candle light.
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comment What kind of software should we write? What technology should we deliver?
That is a good point. And you can say the same thing with some scientists. Some may spend their lives analyzing decomposing bodies and others may look at cancer cures. But, I know that there are scientists that want to solve tough problems that further humanity. I don't know if that is the case in software. Or at least it isn't obvious.
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comment What kind of software should we write? What technology should we deliver?
There was no need but the older models of computation were not as "useful" or productive. Maybe we could have stuck with punch cards or pencil and paper or electronics that didn't have stored programs. But the computer survived because it was efficient and useful.
Jun
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comment What kind of software should we write? What technology should we deliver?
S.Lott. We know that the telephone is useful but I bet there were other ideas and inventions that were less so. The telephone survived up until today. Maybe we didn't need the lightbulb and could have relied on candle light. But someone considered that the lightbulb and electricity was more useful.
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comment What kind of software should we write? What technology should we deliver?
Let's say that researchers have the models to find a cure for cancer but they don't have the software and developers to further their study so they rely on what is available. Is software that furthers the cure for disease more useful than developers wanting to develop Twitter or Facebook?
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asked What kind of software should we write? What technology should we deliver?
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accepted Distributed/Network application development that is user focused but NOT web application development
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answered Is Scala ready for prime time?
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comment Distributed/Network application development that is user focused but NOT web application development
Do UI interfaces exist for CORBA?