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Submitted: Jul 06 2014 / 22:12

Coming from a background in Pascal and C, during the 1990s, like most others, I became infatuated with Object-Oriented programming. I thought they were really on to something. It seemed intuitive. I read and re-read the GoF book. I became fluent in UML. I read Chris Alexander. I wrote factories and metafactories, and more class hierarchies than I’ll ever count. I embraced Java eagerly, and XML moreso. But with experience came the realisation that I was solving the same problems over and over again. There was some governing principle that I was missing but knew I had to grasp if I were to progress in my chosen profession. I went back to the fundamentals. I learned about LISP, lamdba calculi, type theory, relational programming, category theory, and epistemology. And I’m still learning. But in integrating all of that into my existing knowledge, I discovered something that I found liberating:
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