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Standing in the Shadow of Giants – Zach Tellman – Medium
Comparing open source authors to early American pioneers. I liked this comparison.

A similar pattern can be seen in the open source community. As just one example, there has been a consistent migratory pattern from Ruby to node.js to Go, Rust, and Elixir. At first, each community is defined by its potential. But as that potential is realized, the community begins to be defined by its compromises. That change is felt most keenly by the people who were there first, who remember what it was like when anything seemed possible. They feel fenced in and so they move on, in search of their golden city.

This isn’t the behavior of people who want to collaborate towards world-class software. This is the behavior of people who want ownership. They want to build something lasting, something which holds its shape even as the world around it changes. They want to force the world to conform to their sensibilities, rather than the other way round.

Using narratives like Manifest Destiny or Eric Raymond's The Cathedral and the Bazaar may help explain history, but have no predictive power.

A more charitable interpretation, perhaps, is that “open source” and “manifest destiny” don’t speak to the motivations of anyone involved, just the emergent result of their actions. Whatever the reasons, the Linux kernel and St Louis exist, that much cannot be denied. But if we use this interpretation, we acknowledge that these narratives have no predictive power. They are, at best, existence proofs that such a thing can be created under these circumstances.

Indeed, any model constructed using the narrative fallacy lacks predictive power. A similar criticism can, and has, been leveled at Christensen’s theory of “innovative disruption”. They provide a neat narrative arc for the past few decades, and continually point to their ability to explain the past even as they’re confounded by the future.
programming  opensource  culture  history  psychology 
6 hours ago by jefframnani
Readable Clojure @ tonsky.me
Good advice for Clojure programmers. It's like, "Explicit is better than implicit", from the Zen of Python.
programming  clojure  culture  learning 
7 hours ago by jefframnani
Probabilistic-Algorithms/Probabilistic Algorithms.ipynb at master · lucasschmidtc/Probabilistic-Algorithms
Probabilistic-Algorithms - Introduction to common Probabilistic Algorithms: Approximate Counting, Flajolet-Martin, LogLog, HyperLogLog, Bloom Filters
math  stats  programming 
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