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A recurring theme earlier in my career had been work done so well it wasn’t considered appropriate. You read that right. Quality rejected because off the scale, on the top end.
In the early 1990s I gave presentations on using graphics in software development, several times with Alan Kay in the audience. At one point, I believe to remember, he mentioned he hadn’t seen that kind of vision or clarity since Sutherland‘s Sketchpad. Two decades later I downloaded Sutherland’s 1963 thesis, and read some of it.
Recently I searched Sutherland’s Sketchpad thesis for the word “constraint” and found it 127 times in 143 pages.
To quote verbatim from Chapter I, Introduction:
I’d not have spent time making the Adj framework unless I badly wanted it – and couldn’t get it.
As a prerequisite, I’d not want it unless it were an essential communication tool for work I’m doing.
Here is a little exploration into whether this work is part of a tradition, how much I am building on the work of others, whether I am doing this to have means to express myself, whether this is about enabling others.