[Oberon] In Spirit of Oberon

eas lab lab.eas at gmail.com
Wed May 14 06:27:35 CEST 2014

You want maximum Benefit:cost ratio.

Increasingly so, the costs comes from the pain of managing the
increasing complexity.

Modularity helps, by restricting relationships/interconnections.

Generalization collapses a multitude of relationships into ONE; eg.
two plus two, applies to apples, bananas ...to infinity.

A counter example is Debian's current fad of error messages; eg:
"You might want to try 'apt-get -f install'..."
1. Technical descriptions should not use the word "you" [to ape
    folksy/WaltDisney style].
2. "You might want to try .." is an imperative statement" trying to be
a suggestion.
3. Science is about reducing the number of rules and connections, whereas
    art is about finding new connections.
So keep the artists out of contaminating science.

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